I have been touting the health benefits of turmeric for years. In fact, 5 years ago, I formulated a beverage where turmeric was the key ingredient. For centuries, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for a variety of problems, from stomach pain to arthritis. Past studies have touted this yellow spice’s anti-inflammatory effect, but nothing as conclusive as this new report.
I just finished reading a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, that detailed the health benefits of turmeric and how it can prevent osteoporosis. In the research conducted out of The University of Arizona, turmeric proved an effective resource for preventing osteoporosis, bone loss, which is a significant concern for postmenopausal women, among others.
In earlier studies conducted in the same lab, .researchers discovered that tumeric not only prevented arthritis, but also prevented the development of bone cells that foster bone resorption and bone destruction around the joint in a model of rheumatoid arthritis.
Lead researcher, Dr. Funk wrote “some phytoestrogens – estrogen-like chemicals that are found in plants – have been identified for evaluation as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for preserving bone during menopause, but a botanical dietary supplement that would preserve bone without involving estrogen-receptor pathways might be a safer alternative for patients.”
This study was supported by a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements. Full text appeared in the Aug. 9 online edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.