If you like spicy foods, you probably already know that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. Now, scientists have developed what they call a biological method that can more effectively deliver curcumin, the active compound of curcumin. Among other things, curcumin is said to help treat chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
However, when turmeric is ingested in its regular powder form, only a limited amount of curcumin is absorbed by the body. So, in collaboration with researchers from Texas A and M. University and McMaster University in Canada, researchers at the University of South Australia set out to create alternatives. The team eventually developed a new process for producing tiny curcumin-loaded nanoparticles. In laboratory tests, it was said that some compounds increased the oral bioavailability of curcumin by 117 percent, thus delivering the compound directly to human cells.
Subsequent animal experiments have shown that ingesting nanoparticles can effectively prevent or even reverse cognitive decline. Curcumin is said to do so by suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation, and by helping to remove amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the brain.
Now, in the latest stage of the study, curcumin nanoparticles are undergoing additional testing to prevent the spread of genital herpes.
The study was described in a recent paper published in the International Journal of Molecular Science.