This amazing plant is the most researched plant right now. It has more than 5600 peer reviewed and published biomedical studies that have deeply researched it, especially the active component it contains – curcumin. In fact, there’s a 5 year long research that found more than 600 potential applications of turmeric, and over 175 beneficial physiological effects. The entire database can be downloaded as a PDF. Every day the number of studies that confirm that turmeric is as effective as many drugs grows.

Metformin (a diabetes drug)

 In 2009, a study from the journal of Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community investigated how curcumin acts in diabetes treatment, and found that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose levels), and suppresses the gluconeogenic gene expression in hepatoma cells. They also discovered that curcumin is 500-100000 times more powerful than metformin!

Aspirin (blood thinner)

 A study from 1986 confirmed that the curcumin found in turmeric has prostacyclin and anti-platelet effects in comparison to aspirin. The study found that curcumin is helpful to people prone to vascular thrombosis and patients on anti-arthritis therapy.

Lipotor\Atorvastatin (Cholesterol meds)

 According to a 2008 research, curcumin is more effective than Lipitor in terms of endothelial dysfunction, an underlying pathology of the blood vessels that can cause atherosclerosis. It also reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes patients.

Prozac\Fluoxetine and Imipramine (Antidepressants)

 Curcumin is way better than both of the drugs, as a study from 2011 published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found.

Corticosteroids (steroid meds)

 A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research discovered that the polyphenol in the turmeric compared better than steroids when dealing with chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease. Another study in 2003 found that curcumin is more effective than dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury. Finally, a study from 2008 published in the Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin fared better than dexamethasone in animal models as an alternative therapy for protection of the lung transplantation associated injury.

Anti-inflammatory drugs

A study published in the journal Oncogene in 2004 says that curcumin and various all natural alternatives to drugs are better in forcing anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activity against tumor cells.

Oxalipatin (chemotherapy drug)

 Curcumin was found to be as effective as oxalipatin in acting as an anti-proliferative agent in colorectal cell lines in a study published in 2007 in the International Journal of cancer.

There’s also another way in which turmeric shows its amazing therapeutic properties. It’s the research on drugs and multi drugs resistant cancers. The source of the article has two sections dedicated to investigating natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and there are many natural substances which have great results – curcumin is at the top of both lists.

There are 27 studies researching the effect curcumin has on cell death or making drug resistant cancer cells convert to conventional treatment. There are also 54 studies that suggest that curcumin can cause cell death.

It’s best to use a certified, all natural turmeric. Use it in low doses for culinary purposes and in maintaining your health. By using it, you prevent yourself from serious diseases. Preventing diseases is better than treating them.