Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/06/2016 -- In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, turmeric has been used for thousands of years for fighting a range of conditions. Individuals who suffer from eye diseases may also take into account the use of this ancient, medicinal spice.
Turmeric could be helpful for fighting eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. These degenerative eye diseases are typically caused by genetic mutations, which can result in the development of severe vision loss and blindness.
According to statistics, more than one person in 4,000 suffers from the condition. The good news is that there are treatments, such as experimental gene therapy, that are thought to help individuals with the condition.
"There are also natural remedies such as turmeric believed to be helpful for sufferers," said Divine Bounty spokesperson, Melissa Scott.
According to NEI-funded researchers, curcumin has the potential to treat some forms of retinitis pigmentosa. Curcumin has long been believed to be highly therapeutic, and is even a popular natural remedy for a range of conditions.
Dr. Radha Ayyagari, associated professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, reveals that curcumin has successfully prevented the damaging and abnormal protein build-up typically caused by a mutant gene.
Curcumin is a powerful healing phytochemical found in turmeric. This active ingredient contains a variety of healing substances such as antibacterial, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Statistics show that China and India have the highest numbers of blindness cases. Researchers reveal that curcumin has been able to prevent mutant P23H rhodopsin from clustering abnormally in laboratory-cultured cells.
Curcumin was fed to rats that were genetically engineered to have the mutation. The rats experienced a reduction in protein accumulation. This helped preserve the number of retinal cones and rods as well as increase the light-induced electrical responses in the eyes of the rats.
One of the things that makes curcumin beneficial, especially compared to drugs, is that it has the ability to cross the blood-retinal barrier, which protects the retina. The researchers also found that curcumin was able to reach the retina of rats only after two days of administration.
The findings of the study suggest that individuals with retinitis pigmentosa could incorporate turmeric in their diet or, better yet, take curcumin supplements. Curcumin supplements are widely available nowadays, and the best ones contain a black pepper extract called BioPerine.
BioPerine is a black pepper extract and a bioavailability-enhancing ingredient at the same time. This natural ingredient is essential for the efficacy of curcumin supplements. BioPerine can increase the delivery of curcumin's nutrients inside the body (www.amazon.com/tumeric-with-black-pepper/dp/B00VSVKJ8I).
About Divine Bounty
Divine Bounty is a family-owned brand that manufactures high-quality turmeric curcumin supplements. Passionate about the potential health benefits of turmeric, the team behind Divine Bounty have carefully researched and sourced only the best ingredients to create the ideal blend of turmeric curcumin.
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