(CollectiveAHA) A lot of research has been done on turmeric. Turmeric is actually a root, used often as a spice. Nutritionally it contains powerful anti-inflammatory, compounds that also support brain health, liver detoxification, stabilize blood sugar and fight some types of cancer. Used as both medicine and food for centuries, this traditional and ancient spice can be daily. Since it is not practical to consume as much turmeric as needed daily to receive the health benefits, I love to take turmeric supplements. You can also use turmeric powder is smoothies and whole juices, as well as in soups and main dishes.And the benefits of its compound curcumin have been confirmed by numerous studies. This herb has been proven to have medicinal and therapeutic properties more powerful than artificial drugs.
Here are 14 drugs that can be replaced with turmeric/ curcumin.
Prozac and Imipramine (Antidepressants)
This study found that turmeric was as effective as Prozac and Imipramine at reducing depression in animals.
Aspirin (blood thinner)
One study found that curcumin has the same anti-platelet effects as aspirin. And it can also help fight arthritis.
Metformin (diabetes drug)
Turmeric can be helpful to pre-diabetics and diabetics. In fact, this study found that curcumin was up to 100,000 times more potent than metformin in increasing glucose uptake and suppressing glucose production in the liver.
Studies show that curcumin is as potent as corticosteroids which are used to treat lupus and asthma. You’re better off using turmeric because corticosteroids have side effects like increasing risk of infections and high blood sugar.
Lipitor (for cholesterol)
Turmeric showed great results when compared to Lipitor, according to research. It can lower cholesterol, fight inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.
Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy medication)
A study published by Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compared well with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.
Research shows that curcumin is more potent than drugs that fight inflammation including: