Beyond. Health and Wellness Magazine July 2016 - Page 15

Turmeric RESEARCH OF THE MONTH: Evaluation of turmeric (Curcuma longa) effect on biochemical and pathological parameters of liver and kidney in chicken aflatoxicosis. AUTHORS: Gholami-Ahangaran, Majid1 Rangsaz, Nader2 Azizi, Shahrzad3 SOURCE: Pharmaceutical Biology. May2016, Vol. 54 Issue 5, p780-787. 8p. M any times in research with rats, aflatoxin is used to induce an inflammatory state. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxins that are produced by a specific species of fungus called Aspergillus. The toxins released from this fungus are very potent and lead to cell death, interference with DNA signaling, decreased protein synthesis and break down the cell membrane leading to cell damage. Because of these effects, there are effects on various organs and leads to liver and kidney impairment, decreased protein and fat utilization, and organ shutdown. Turmeric, also known by the botanical name Curcuma longa, is a bright yellow aromatic powder that is a root from the ginger family. It has been used for centuries in the Middle East and Asian cultures for its medicinal and cooking purposes. Lately, it has been brought to light the many effects it has on decreasing inflammation and promoting optimal health and wellness throughout life. To some, it is known as the most powerful herb because of its ability to fight disease. There are over 6000 published research reports on turmeric and research suggests that turmeric may help in treating many inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, high cholesterol, indigestion, liver concerns, Alzheimer’s disease, joint pain, and even some cancers. This research, like many of the other research studies on turmeric, revealed the undeniable benefits of turmeric. Even though the rats were exposed to high levels of this carcinogenic agent, turmeric, if they were also given the protective agent of turmeric than they had documented better levels of kidney and liver function. This showed that there were protective properties of turmeric most likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. Every day we are exposed to environmental toxins. We can not always decrease or limit these exposures. Therefore, it is important to make sure that we have the proper antiinflammatories that will reduce the response to these toxins. Research time and time again reveals the many benefits of turmeric. 15