Secret behind turmeric's healing power revealed.
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
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The Journal of the American Chemical Society (usually abbreviated as J. Am. Chem. Soc.
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