Friday, March 19, 2010

My New Favorite Medicine

I think I like this advice. And I may start following it on a weekly basis. Thai Tuesdays anyone?

"An ancient spice, long used in traditional Asian medicine, may hold promise for the prevention of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, according to a recently completed study at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. It is encouraging news for millions of senior citizens concerned about both conditions. Turmeric, the spice that flavors and gives its yellow color to many curries and other foods, has been used for centuries by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory disorders.
"Turmeric extract containing the ingredient curcumin is marketed widely in the Western world as a dietary supplement for the treatment and prevention of a variety of disorders, including arthritis.
"The researchers found that the curcuminoid extract inhibits a transcription factor called NF-KB from being activated in the joint. A transcription factor is a protein that controls when genes are switched on or off. Once the transcription factor NF-KB is activated, or turned on, it binds to genes and enhances production of inflammatory proteins, destructive to the joint. The finding that curcuminoid extract inhibits activation of NF-KB suggests that turmeric dietary supplements share the same mechanism of action as anti-arthritic pharmaceuticals under development that target NF-KB.
"It also suggests that turmeric may have a use in other inflammatory disorders, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.
"In addition to preventing joint inflammation, Dr. Funk's study shows that the curcuminoid extract blocked the pathway that affects bone resorption. Noting that bone loss associated with osteoporosis in women typically begins before the onset of menopause, she has begun work on another NIH-funded study to determine whether turmeric taken as a dietary supplement during perimenopause can prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.
"Both of the studies are supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), both of the NIH" (from

I wonder if you can overdose on yellow curry?


joshandemily said...

You are wonderful! We continue to think about you and pray for you!

Dayna Slack said...

I love Yellow Curry. That is awesome. Go Thai food!

Susan said...

I love curry, but don't know the first thing about cooking with it. Any good, simple recipes?

Kate said...

I don't know anything about cooking with curry, but that should be my new goal. I've made one thing with it (because I'm pretty sure I have a jar of it in my cupboard), but I can't remember what it was. Sadly it wasn't that memorable.

santino, polly and little dude Eli said...

So here's your post about yellow curry :) My Thai friend can get you a recipe. It's very simple. And, I would have love to eat it with you every week. I am glad to hear about the great thing about Turmeric. Thanks, Katie.

cynthia said...

Hmm, who knew? That old saying is still true - We learn something new every day.