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Clinical Research Reveals Turmeric May Contain Antibacterial Properties That Could Benefit Those with TB


Las Vegas, NV -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/15/2016 -- Today, more and more people are susceptible to a wide range of medical conditions. There are diseases that develop due to factors such as unhealthy diet and lifestyle, which can compromise immune system health. One of these conditions is tuberculosis.

Clinical research reveals turmeric may have antibacterial properties could potentially fight TB. It is not only a potential natural alternative for the condition, but it may also decrease the risk of side effects in the liver associated with the use of conventional therapy, such as pharmaceutical drugs.

According to statistics, approximately one-third of the world's population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes tuberculosis. A majority of infected individuals normally have a latent form of infection accompanied with inactive bacteria.

Bacteria are more likely to turn active among individuals with compromised immune systems. When they start becoming active, the bacteria develop into a full-blown disease. Tuberculosis is airborne and can be easily transmitted by just inhaling enough of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Experts recommend that individuals with compromised immune systems should avoid spending too much time in crowded places with high infection rates, such as hospitals. Some of the common symptoms of the condition are coughing up blood, fever and chills, night sweats, weakness or tiredness, and night sweats.

Curcumin is a phytochemical found in turmeric. It is believed to be the major source of turmeric's potential health benefits. Some of the possible therapeutic substances of curcumin are believed to contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-carcinogenic properties.

In lab experiments, researchers tried to investigate if curcumin's potential antibacterial properties could be helpful against TB. It was found that the combination of curcumin and copper was effective in fighting TB.

The studies also revealed that one of the curcuminoid compounds of turmeric called Demethoxycurcumin has anti-tubercular activity. Lab experiments suggest that the spice has the potential to decrease the toxic side effects of pharmaceutical drugs used for tuberculosis.

There are conventional TB treatments that are known to be particularly harmful to liver health. There are even medications that can significantly increase the risk of liver damage and related deaths. Turmeric is also thought to reduce the side effects of certain TB medications.

A large clinical trial was conducted based on certain animal study results. It involved 500 female and male individuals suffering from active TB infection. Results indicated that of the 192 participants who took TB medications exclusively, 27 experienced toxicity in the liver. Out of 316 participants who took TB medications and turmeric, only 2% experienced the toxicity.

Turmeric can be efficiently consumed through curcumin supplementation. Some of the more recommended curcumin supplements contain a black pepper extract called piperine, which is believed to be a bioavailability-enhancing ingredient. (

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Cathy Briggs