Curcumin works by naturally promoting healthy levels of histamine and cortisone. Studies have revealed that curcumin is as effective as either cortisone or the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone in fighting acute inflammation. An added benefit is that, in contrast to the potential toxicity of phenylbutazone and cortisone, curcumin is virtually without side effects.
In a double-blind clinical trial involving patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a mere 300 mg a day of curcumin provided just as much relief as 1,200 mg a day of phenylbutazone. Improvements were noted in joint swelling, morning stiffness and walking time. The results of this trial and other studies reinforce evidence that curcumin is a major benefit in the treatment of painful inflammation flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis.
Finally, a recent study on curcuminoids done at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center revealed that curcuminoids operate by shutting off the enzyme cyclooxygenase type II (COX2) at the gene level. COX2 is responsible for manufacturing the inflammatory prostaglandins in the body.
By now, you might be as amazed to learn about the amazing potential of curcuminoids as we were. This isn't fiction-it holds up under the close scrutiny of hundreds of studies and trials worldwide. What we've described here is just the tip of the iceberg. Curcumin's amazing powers are just beginning to get public attention. All of the research and clinical trials seemed to prove what ancient medicine has known for centuries: curcumin may be a major defense and treatment for everything from small wounds to life-threatening chronic degenerative disease.