Have turmeric and keep MS at bay


Turmeric is extremely beneficial for everyone and especially for people battling with ailments. A friend of mine swore by this and is completely healed from MS, to the surprise of even his doctor through regularly having one inch of turmeric boiled in water every day. Though we in India use turmeric as a spice regularly, it is even more potent when we boil and have it every day.

Preliminary studies in mice suggest that curcumin a compound found in turmeric may arrest the progression of multiple sclerosis which is what all the current medicines aim to do.

Six hundred and eighty-eight studies, more than 400 of them published within the last four years, confirm curcumin’s remarkable anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Researcher Dr Chandramohan Natarajan of Vanderbilt University found doing a research that mice specially bred to develop an MS-like illness called experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) showed little or no signs of disease symptoms after being injected with curcumin while animals without the treatment went on to severe paralysis. Incidentally, EAE is an autoimmune condition used by researchers as a model for multiple sclerosis because it also results in the slow erosion of myelin.)

While theories abound, no clear understanding has yet emerged as to what causes or how to cure multiple sclerosis, an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the brain and spine. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle weakness and stiffness, balance and coordination problems, numbness and vision disturbances.

I am not a doctor and do not wish to propound any theory but if turmeric is beneficial, I think we should all attempt to have it regularly. In India, we can even grow it at home which is what I am doing now. Whether or not one has an issue or health challenge, I think we all shall indeed benefit from this simple spice. Hence, I recommend it strongly to everyone.


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