Science and your health

Reuters: Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery

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An article from Reuters Health  says that a new study conducted in Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery. The Study has been published in the The American Journal of Cardiology.

During bypass surgery the heart muscle can be damaged from prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing patients’ risk of heart attack, the article says. The new findings suggest that curcumins — the yellow pigment in turmeric — may be able to ease those risks when added to traditional drug treatment. But that conclusion is based on a relatively small group of subjects and needs to be confirmed in larger studies before all bypass patients rush out to get the extracts, researchers said. Researchers said it’s likely the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumins that may have helped limit heart damage in bypass patients.Read the rest of the article here

Turmeric is a popular spice from the ginger family widely used in savoury cooking, particular Asian cooking. Turmeric paste is traditionally used by Indian women for skin care and in Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is used as an anti-inflammatory. It is one of the spices we grow at the Heritage Garden and is now included in the popular Grow and Eat your Own Food Book. Here is one more reason for you to grow it.

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