Curry ingredient curcumin may increase protein levels in immunesystem – Sony MDR In Ear Headphones Manufacturer

The cooking spice turmeric is not only a vital ingredient in manycurries, it has also been used for 2,500 years as a medicinalcompound in the Ayurvedic system of medicine in India. Now,researchers have discovered that a compound found in the spicecalled curcumin can increase the levels of a protein known to bevital in the “innate” immune system. Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) is a major component inthe immune system that helps our bodies fight off various viruses,bacteria or fungi. Although earlier studies have demonstrated that vitamin D increases CAMP levels, researchers are interested in finding analternative mechanism to influence or increase CAMP levels. The study, conducted by researchers in the in collaboration withresearchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, ispublished in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry andbiophysics in the Linus Pauling Institute, explained: “Thisresearch points to a new avenue for regulating CAMP geneexpression. It’s interesting and somewhat surprising that curcumincan do that, and could provide another tool to develop medicaltherapies.” Although, curcumin does not increase CAMP levels as significantlyas vitamin D, it could have physiologic value, said Gombart.Researchers have also studied the anti-inflammatory and antioxidantproperties of cur cumin. Gombart said: “Curcumin, as part of turmeric, is generally consumed in the dietat fairly low levels. However, it’s possible that sustainedconsumption over time may be healthy and protect against infection,especially in the stomach and intestinal tract.” The researchers set out to determine whether curcumin and omega-3fatty acids can increase CAMP levels. They found that curcuminincreased levels by almost three-fold whereas omega-3 fatty acidsdid not. Sony MDR In Ear Headphones Manufacturer

The CAMP peptide, which is the only known antimicrobial peptide ofits type in humans, appears to have the ability to destroy avariety of bacteria, including those that cause tuberculosis and protect against the development of sepsis. Written By Grace Rattue Copyright: Medical News Today Not to be reproduced without permission of Medical News Today Additional References Citations. Beats By dr Dre Solo HD Headphones Manufacturer

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