Turmeric may help prevent a bleeding stroke; the second most common type of stroke

October 01, 2008

Research conducted at the Medical College of Georgia has found that Curcumin, a very important compound that occurs in the curry spice Turmeric, reduces the size of hemorrhagic stroke in animals. Curcumin has shown promise as a protective agent against Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and some cancers, as well as other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. The latest research adds yet another possibility to the benefits of this remarkable plant compound.
Approximately 17 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic, as opposed to the more common ischemic or blockage stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels rupture in the brain, leading to blood clot formation. Surgery is often employed to remove the blood clot, however not all patients are good candidates. Treating these injuries even after an hour can be tricky.
For the current research, Curcumin was injected into the abdomen of animals in which hemorrhagic stroke was induced. The results were promising; a reduction in the resultant blood clot formation. The researchers speculate that Curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties could be the mechanisms involved. "We found that Curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood clot, but we're not sure why it happens," according to the researchers.

Although the researchers believe that Curcumin will need to be administered intravenously to treat patients who just suffered a stroke, the researchers predict that the compound could additionally be used for stroke prevention. Source; Medical College of Georgia.