Turmeric may stop deadly virus

February 2, 2013 No Comments

Pg5 Turmeric StoryloresResearchers have found that turmeric may help protect people against the potentially fatal Rift Valley Fever Virus which is carried by mosquitoes. Work at the US Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases discovered that curcumin, which is found in turmeric, stopped the virus from multiplying in infected cells.

The centre now plans to test 10 different versions of curcumin to determine which one works the best.

Scientists are also investigating how curcumin can help in the fight against dementia. A clinical trial has started at a Sydney, Australia, retirement village where 100 residents will take supplements of curcumin and be given MRIs to monitor progress.

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