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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Curcumin as an anti-inflammatory

Curry as an anti-inflammatory and others

An international team of researchers has shown a derivative of a common culinary spice found in Indian curries could offer a new treatment hope for sufferers of the painful condition tendinitis. In a paper to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers at the University of Nottingham and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich have shown that curcumin, which also gives the spice turmeric its trademark bright yellow coloring, can be used to suppress biological mechanisms that spark inflammation in tendon diseases....

The findings are an important step in the search for new drugs to treat conditions such as osteoporosis, which are currently treated using medications including calcium and vitamin D supplements and a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. Post-menopausal women can also benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT), however, it is associated with a large number of side-effects ranging from headaches to behavioral changes and acne and long-term use can increase the risk of developing uterine