This afternoon as I sat on the porch enjoying the chirping birds and warm sun, a page from the newspaper flapped in the wind and caught my eye. I briefly wondered, “what are those curious yellow worms?” As I approached the paper, I read the title- “Turmeric May Help Treat Diabetes.”
I sniffed the paper and thought to myself, “Gosh, turmeric is a largely underutilized spice in the western world.” Eastern cultures have used it for many centuries, is there something more to turmeric than just food coloring or flavor? Here is what I found:
Researchers at the University of Newcastle’s Nutraceuticals Research Group recently announced that a compound present in turmeric, called curcumin, could potentially prevent or delay the onset of Type II Diabetes. When curcumin is combined with omega-3 fats, it could potentially stop the inflammation that impacts insulin secretion and function in Type II Diabetes.
To understand the individual and synergic effects of curcumin and omega-3 fats, the scientists are conducting study on four groups of patients. Group 1 will get curcumin (capsules contain 200 mg of curcumin) only, Group 2 will get omega-3 fat (one gm of omega-3 fat) only, Group 3 will get both, and Group 4 will serve as a control group.
Correct, when you hear turmeric, the first thing that pops into your head is Indian food. Interestingly, turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions, such as fighting infections and some cancers, reducing inflammation, and treating digestive problems. Seems now, it has the potential to treat diabetes.
As the top editor Penny makes sure all the other authors are kept in check. Penny is best at vocalizing her concerns, especially when it has to do with quality. When she doesn’t get her way, she can be very pushy.
She is also a major contributor to the Blog. Penny loves to connect with her readers and is very prompt with responses.