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Curcumin and CFS

Sunday 28 June 2009

Curcumin has an article by Deborah Mitchell about the potential benefits of curcumin:

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of people in the United States, making it virtually impossible for many of them to hold a full-time or even part-time job, go to school, enjoy their families, or participate in routine or leisure activities. Estimates of the actual number of people who have the disease vary widely, from 500,000 to more than 4 million.

So far there is no cure, but experts are on the trail of several potential treatments. Recent research is turning up promising information about curcumin, an active component of the herb turmeric.

Study of curcumin and chronic fatigue

Oxidative stress is a significant factor in chronic fatigue syndrome, and so ways to reduce it theoretically should also improve symptoms of this complex condition. A study published in the January 2009 issue of Immunobiology reports on mice who were challenged with a stress test for 10 minutes daily for 19 days. Half of the mice were given curcumin and the other half acted as controls.

The control mice showed signs of significant fatigue and had hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain), another common symptom of the syndrome. The mice who were given curcumin showed a significant reduction in fatigue, oxidative stress, and hyperalgesia. The investigators suggest that curcumin may be a valuble option in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

You can read the full article here.



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