What does turmeric extract do

2021-01-25 14:32

Turmeric extract is a chemical component extracted from the rhizomes of some plants in the Zingiberaceae and Araceae family. Turmeric extract has the following effects:
1. The effect of lowering blood lipids
Curcumin can reduce plasma total cholesterol, β-lipoprotein, triglyceride and liver cholesterol, and correct the imbalance of α- and β-lipoprotein, but has no effect on endogenous cholesterol. Studies have shown that curcumin can inhibit the synthesis of fatty acids.
2. Anti-inflammatory effect
Curcumin can resist carrageenan-induced toe swelling in rats, in a dose-dependent range of 30mg/kg, and at a dose of 60mg/kg, it inhibits this anti-inflammatory effect. Curcumin sodium reversibly inhibits ileum contraction of isolated guinea pigs induced by nicotine, acetylcholine, serotonin, barium chloride and histamine, similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
3. Anti-pathogenic microorganism effect
In vitro tests, curcumin has an inhibitory effect on micrococcus at a concentration of 1%.
4. Impact on the cardiovascular system
Intravenous injection of curcumin has no obvious effect on blood pressure, nor does it have any significant effect on blood pressure caused by epinephrine, histamine and acetylcholine. Gavage with curcumin can counteract the changes in S-T and T waves of rat ECG caused by intravenous injection of pituitrin, and it can also increase myocardial nutrient blood flow in mice.
5. Choleretic effect
Curcumin has a beneficial effect on bile, can increase the production and secretion of bile, and can promote the contraction of the gallbladder, and curcumin has the strongest effect.
6. Light effect
Curcumin has a weak bactericidal ability under normal circumstances, but when exposed to light, the microgram amount of curcumin shows a strong phototoxic reaction. Therefore, curcumin may be used as a photosensitizer for phototherapy of psoriasis, cancer, bacteria and viral diseases. Curcumin can also stabilize the photodegradable drugs. For example, the photostabilization effect of nifedipine is particularly strong, which can extend its half-life by 6 times and enhance its curative effect.
7. Anti-tumor effect
Turmeric extract can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. At 0.4mg/ml, it can inhibit the growth of Chinese hamster ovary cells, has a cytotoxic effect on lymphocytes and Dalton's lymphocytes, and can reduce the growth of animal tumors. Its active ingredient is mainly curcumin. Therefore, curcumin may be used as an anticancer agent.
8. Other functions
It enhances the activity of antioxidant enzymes and is used as a natural high-quality food additive. In addition, curcumin can improve the phagocytic power of the reticulum system and regulate the body's immunity.