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Turmeric may reverse age associated cerebrovascular dysfunction

Turmeric is well known for having health promoting effects. Doctors Health Press reported on March 24, 2014 that new research shows that the spice turmeric has age reversing properties. Turmeric is a warm, peppery spice that adds a delicious flavor to curries and which gives mustard its yellow color.

Curry made with delicious turmeric

Turmeric has been used for a long time in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and for other health properties. Curcumin is an antioxidant present in high amounts in turmeric which is the active ingredient that appears to provide turmeric with a number of potential healing abilities. A new study which has been published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry has indicated that turmeric might provide therapeutic benefits for reversing age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction. In cerebrovascular dysfunction blood flow and circulation to the brain is impacted.

In this study rats were fed curcumin for a month. At 24 months of age male rodents were tested against a control group of younger, six-month-old rats in order to identify any impacts curcumin might exhibit. After the month of curcumin treatment an incredible restoration of the ability of blood vessels to naturally relax was noted in the aging rats. This resulted in easier blood flow and circulation to the brain. It was noted that in particular curcumin displayed the ability to increase nitrous oxide bioavailability, therefore allowing the inner blood vessels of the brain to dilate. This is associated with a lowering of cardiovascular risk and hypertension because blood can move freely through arteries.

WebMD reports turmeric is a plant which is the main spice in curry but the root of turmeric is also widely used to make medicine. Turmeric is widely used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Turmeric is also used to treat depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric certainly is a tasty spice with many valuable medicinal properties.

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