Turmeric is considered the “Queen of all herbs” because of its success on treating health issues. A member of the same plant family as ginger, Turmeric is one of the most popular spices in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking and is widely used in Ayurvedic system of traditional medicine in India.
Turmeric supplements have been used to support and treat conditions such as indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis but now, a recent study indicates that turmeric may also protect the heart after surgery.
A new study from Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice may help ward off heart attacks in people who’ve had recent bypass surgery. During bypass the heart muscle can be damaged from prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing patients’ risk of heart attack.
The new findings suggest that curcumins may be able to ease those risks when added to traditional drug treatment. “It’s very, very encouraging,” said Bharat Aggarwal, who studies the use of curcumins in cancer therapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Researchers led by Dr. Wanwarang Wongcharoen from Chiang Mai University studied 121 consecutive patients who had non-emergency bypass surgery at their hospital between 2009 and 2011. The researchers found that during their post-bypass hospital stay, 13 percent of patients who’d been taking curcumins had a heart attack, compared to 30 percent in the placebo group. After accounting for any initial pre-surgery differences between the groups, Wongcharoen and his colleagues calculated that people on curcumins had a 65 percent lower chance of heart attack.
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