Over 2.700 studies have been done on turmeric in the past few decades and most of them have revolved around curcumin. If you take a look at the clinical studies that have been done on turmeric you‘ll see there are many interesting findings.
- A clinical study on 50 people with chronic leukemia (CML) revealed that those who were given turmeric concurrently with cancer drugs showed more improvement than the ones that only received the cancer drug.
- A study on 33 men with benign prostate enlargement showed that those who received turmeric concurrently with other medical treatments had considerably better results than those who didn‘t receive turmeric.
- A clinical study on 107 people with osteoarthritis in knees showed that turmeric was as effective as conventional painkillers. Another study on 120 people with the same disease showed that turmeric was effective, despite the fact that the active ingredient curcumin had been removed.
- Research on people with type 2 diabetes showed the positive effect of turmeric on microangiopathy and kidney diseases related to diabetes.
- Clinical studies on turmeric have also shown its positive effect on gastritis and indigestion.
- A study on three patients with Alzheimer’s showed big improvement with the intake of turmeric for three months.
All of these studies have been clinical, i.e. been done on humans, but in addition to that many studies have been done in labs and on animals. These studies have demonstrated that turmeric or curcumin can lower blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure while having a positive effect on depression, asthma, Parkinson‘s disease, cardiovascular diseases, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis, eye diseases and obesity. Last but not least, over 1000 studies have shown that turmeric can slow down the growth of cancer cells.