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Secret behind turmeric's healing power revealed.

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Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Michigan scientists have unravelled the mystery behind the much hyped healing power of the main ingredient in turmeric turmeric: see ginger.

Perennial herbaceous plant (Curcuma longa; family Zingiberaceae), native to southern India and Indonesia. Its tuberous rhizomes have been used from antiquity as a condiment, as a textile dye, and medically as an
, a spice revered in India as 'holy powder.'

Turmeric has been used for centuries in folk medicine folk medicine, methods of curing by means of healing objects, herbs, or animal parts; ceremony; conjuring, magic, or witchcraft; and other means apart from the formalized practice of medical science.  to treat wounds, infections, and other health problems.

While many scientists have conducted research on its main ingredient-curcumin-no details had been revealed as to how it functions in the body, until now.

In the new study, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues, used a high-tech instrument termed solid-state NMR spectroscopy and discovered that molecules of curcumin act like a biochemical disciplinarian dis·ci·pli·nar·i·an  
One that enforces or believes in strict discipline.



a person who practises strict discipline

Noun 1.

The molecules insert themselves into cell membranes and make the membranes more stable and orderly.

This increases cells' resistance to infection by disease-causing microbes.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society
For the Joint Academic Classification of Subjects system, see Joint Academic Classification of Subjects.

The Journal of the American Chemical Society (usually abbreviated as J. Am. Chem. Soc.
, a weekly publication. (ANI)

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