The Power of Turmeric in Benefiting Diabetes, Glaucoma, Cataracts, and More
Can Turmeric Help Treat Eye Problems?
Turmeric, a golden spice grown in India, may be a resource to treat eye problems. In India, turmeric is not only used as a spice, but as an herbal remedy for many medical conditions.
Turmeric contains large amounts of Curcumin, which is high in antioxidants. Curcumin helps fight the free radicals that can not only lead to eye diseases, but many other age-related conditions. While Turmeric is thought to have many life-changing properties, it must be noted that clinical trials to establish its usefulness are ongoing and that it has not been approved as of yet by the FDA for use as a medical substance - legally, it’s just another spice. Turmeric should also be taken with caution. With any herbal supplement, it is best to check with your doctor. Turmeric can cause issues with some medications, so if you have prescriptions, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Eye Diseases Curcumin is said to help
As the population ages we see more and more eye disease. What a benefit it would be if Curcumin could slow the progress of many of these eye conditions!
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma causes one to slowly lose peripheral vision and can lead to loss of vision if not caught and treated.
- Retinitis Pigmentosa: This condition is genetic and is untreatable at this time. Research remains in the early stages, but some areas show great promise.
- Cataracts: These formations are fairly common as we age, and Curcumin research shows signs that the spice could slow their progression.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: This condition is often brought on by uncontrolled diabetes and can lead to total loss of vision. With more and more people being diagnosed with diabetes, a breakthrough like proven Curcumin treatment is badly needed.
- AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration. What is AMD, and what does it do? AMD is a degenerative disease that damages the Macula, which is responsible for central vision. This condition can rob someone of their ability to do daily tasks such as reading, driving, and even leisure activities like watching television. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in individuals over 65. Some studies using Curcumin, which is high in Vitamin C and E, have shown that these vitamins are lacking in people with AMD.
Research into Turmeric and Curcumin
Dr. Radha Ayyagagari, a professor of ophthalmology at UC San Diego, is well-known and widely regarded in the research of the effects of Turmeric. She is in the process of developing a synthetic Curcumin. Dr. Ayyagari is actively searching for investors and venture capitalists to fund her research. Studies and trials have shown that Curcumin injections help with many of the diseases mentioned above.
Everyone wants to keep their vision as long as possible, so knowledge of options like Turmeric and the Curcumin it contains is a valuable commodity. Do you have any recipes or fun uses for Turmeric? Let us know if you’ve ever taken a supplement containing it!
Dr. Jenna Zigler
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