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More evidence that Turmeric reduces inflammation and Turmeric may be important to take when exercising
There is frequently some downhill running when jogging outdoors. Downhill running causes damage to muscle fibers, inflammation, sore muscles, and various functional deficits. In this study, researchers from the Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina at Columbia gave laboratory animals either the Indian herb Turmeric or inactive placebo and had them run either uphill or downhill. Downhill running decreased the length of time the animals could exercise and led to fatigue more than uphill running. However, giving Turmeric offset these effects. Downhill running also led to a greater release of inflammation causing chemicals by the immune system and Turmeric also prevented this occurrence. This supports other evidence that Turmeric reduces inflammation and also offsets some of the performance deficits caused by exercise induced muscle damage. The study is published in the March 1st, 2007 issue of the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology.
Helicobacter pylori causes gastric ulcers and also cancers of the digestive tract. In this study, scientists from the Section of Gastroenterology, University of Parma, Italy wanted to treat patients with H. pylori without the use of antibiotics to assess efficacy. They gave the patients a combination of the anti-inflammatory herb Turmeric, Lactoferrin, NAC, and the drug pantoprazole (Protonix; a proton pump inhibiting drug used to treat ulcers) twice a day for 7 days. They were checked at this point and again after 2 months time elapsed. The combination cured 12% of the H. pylori infections. At the two month point when patients were all rechecked, the combination of nutrients + drug greatly reduced the level of inflammation, abdominal discomfort, upset stomach, pain, and other symptoms of the infection. The study was performed at the, and is published in the June 2007 issue of the American journal Helicobacter.