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  • Curry spice combats alcohol-related liver disease

    15:14 19 March 03

    NewScientist.com news service

    A vital ingredient of curry prevents alcohol-related liver disease, a study of rats has found.

    Curcumin, the substance that gives the spice turmeric its distinctive yellow colour, stopped the changes caused by excessive alcohol consumption that lead to liver damage.

    The research adds to the repertoire of benefits already shown by curcumin, which include anti-oxidant properties and anti-cancer activity. However, the research does not mean that people eating curries can safely drink more alcohol, warns Kalle Jokelainen, one of the team of Finnish and American researchers.

    "Curcumin is not harmful, and it may protect your liver from liver disease if you have very high amounts - but this has only been seen in rats," he says.

    Furthermore, the doses used in the experiments were much greater than would ever be used in cooking with turmeric, he says. Alcoholic liver disease is a serious problem, he says, but the answer is to drink less.

    Bacterial toxins

    Jokelainen, at Helsinki University Central Hospital, said that curcumin somehow blocks the activation of a key molecule called nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB).

    This molecule directs the chain of events that leads to inflammation and death of tissue. It is activated by many stimuli including radiation, heat shock and endotoxins - the toxins associated with bacteria.

    "If you drink too much, that leads to leaky gut syndrome," Jokelainen told New Scientist. "Somehow endotoxins from the gut reach the blood and are carried to the liver. The liver is a filter and inactivates the endotoxin, but the price paid is that NFkB is activated."

    The team gave rats fish oil with either ethanol or dextrose added for four weeks. The rats that also received doses of curcumin did not develop the fatty livers, necrosis and inflammation seen in those not given the spice extract.

    Journal reference: American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (Vol 284, p 321)


    Shaoni Bhattacharya

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    mmmh, i havent seen many drunken rats lately ;)
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    • #3
      First cinnamon, now curcumin. Abdulhakeem, you're a medicine man!
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      • #4
        That is very interesting stuff. I've used herbs medicinally for many years. My experience with them is limitted primariliy by herbs used in western culture. I hadn't heard any studies about curry. Thanks for the infor. I'd be interested in hearing about any other herbal usage for other parts of the world.
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        • #5
          Herbal medicine work! I have been use herbs and spices, for many years. I am specialise on western herbal and Chinese herbal medicine. I can, and have cured many deseases. some i just stop from spread on my family.

          Couse i don`t get sic. Never catch cold, no allergy, or any other deseases that i see around on other people.

          Of course, i do eat healthy food. I am a veggetarian. No meet of any kind.

          Also, i use herbs for beauty and everyday life. Not to mention that i also use for food. I do use curry all the time, and other seasonings from midle east.

          Lots of herbs i graw in my garden, other i gater in the woods near me.

          I also cure my cat with herbal medicine when he needs.

          Regards,

          Allana
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          • #6
            That's wonderful Allana. I think herbal medicine is better for us if used properly that the medicine you get from modern doctors. I once was bitten by a brown recluse spider and my foot became huge and black and purple. In the hospital where my doctor sent me they were going to amputate my foot. Lucky for me an intern in the operating room convinced the doctor not to remove my foot.
            As soon as I got out of the hospital I went to a accupuncturist who gave me herbs and my foot healed completely. Since then I rarely go to the doctor.
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            • #7
              That's wonderful Allana. I think herbal medicine is better for us if used properly that the medicine you get from modern doctors. I once was bitten by a brown recluse spider and my foot became huge and black and purple. In the hospital where my doctor sent me they were going to amputate my foot. Lucky for me an intern in the operating room convinced the doctor not to remove my foot.
              Hi Rae,

              bitten by brown recluse spider? Wowww! it must been very painful. I never had that bad experience, but my husband did. I took care of his harm in no time. And the swelling din`t last very long.
              Here in Florid, we have many of this spiders.

              Once, a girl that came to clean my house, ( i was in electric weel chair, from an incident), her foot was so bad. I ask her what happen, and she told me that brown recluse spider, bitten her foot. She had been in the hospital, but doctors din`t do much to her problem. I told her what to get me, i made her sit down and i took care of her foot. An hour later she was gettin better. Course i sent her home for that day. Next day she comeback to clean my house, and she was so happy! her foot was look normal and she had not problem since.

              I do take conventional medicine when i need an instant relieve. But i never take medicine with herbal formula. Never!

              Conventional medicine work very fast, but there`s after effect.

              Herbal medicine work slower, but they don`t give side effect. Not if taken properly.

              After all, the best medicine, prescription, are still made by herbal.

              The best medication for the heart congestion,is made with herbs.
              A potent cancer medication is Taxol, wich is made with a bark of a special tree.

              Most people have many remedies in their cupboards spice rack. But they don`t bother to learn how to use.

              People should try to educate themself about herbal remedies.

              Course, good diet and vitamin supplement have very important role in it to prevent illness.


              Greetings,

              Cathy
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              • #8
                I wish I had known you when I got bit!!!
                The doctors didn't seem to have a clue how to treat the bite. They gave me anti biotics that didn't help at all. I guess that is why they were going to take it off.
                When I went to the herbalist she gave me herbs to flush out the toxins and that is what worked.
                I live in a high plains desert and many plants that are medicinal are not readily available to harvest in the wild, but I discovered that some of the plants were used by native Americans here hundreds or thousands of years. For example, the wild sage here can be used to heals sprains and soothe arthritis when made into an oil. Yucca can be made into a gentle soap and the fibers of the plant can be used to make a thread for stitches. Also we have wild rose hips in the mountains near my house and rosehips are one of the best sorces of vitamin c.
                I hope to learn more about herbs that are nearby. There is a lady in a neighboring town that teaches classes about herbs in the area, next spring I hope to take one of them.
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                • #9
                  Hi Rae,

                  here`s an instant fix, for most insect stings:

                  Buy a botle of clear ammonia. Soon any insect sting occurs, splash with ammonia. Then, soak with ammonia a piece of cloth or cotton ball place this on the sting till the sweelling, pain stops: appr. 15/20 min.

                  The ammonia is very safe and is very effective.

                  If you get a bee sting: take out the bee sting lift on you skin, before you apply the ammonia.

                  Regards,

                  Cathy
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the tip! I wonder if ammonia would work on other kinds of vemon from a snake or scorpian perhaps.
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