Curcumin, one of the most active compounds in the spice turmeric has been known for its numerous health benefitting properties for a while now. Its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents have been utilized in numerous ways in the wellness industry to address all sorts of health conditions, including boosting immunity, improving heart health, brain function, digestive issues and many more.
Several recent studies have suggested that curcumin in turmeric may prove to be beneficial in treating viral infections as well. This is due to the fact that the curcumin compound is also known to be quite rich in antiviral agent as well. In this blog, we will discuss in detail how curcumin benefits against viral infections, especially considering our current situation.
We are all well-aware of the current viral infection that has claimed thousands of lives and impacted economies all over the world. While there may be no immediate cure to this deadly viral disease, there is a certain preventative measure that can help lower our chances of developing the virus that can pose a serious threat to our health and wellness. Curcumin in turmeric is one such herb that is widely used for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Moreover, it is also a proven effective natural solution that can help boost the immune system and strengthen the body’s defence mechanism to fight against these viral infections.
Curcumin Against Virus’
Curcumin or turmeric, in general, has been used for centuries as a food additive and in Asian traditional medicine to treat various disorders. Various scientific studies have shown that curcumin possesses a wide spectrum of biological and pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic and anti-angiogenic with no negative effects associated with it. And recent studies have demonstrated how curcumin exhibited potent anti-viral properties against several viruses, including dengue, hepatitis C, Zika, chikungunya, influenza viruses, among many others. Several studies have also shown that curcumin exhibits an anti-HIV activity by directly targeting viral proteins. In addition to this, curcumin has also been described to indirectly inhibit HIV or the progression of AIDS by reducing HIV-induced cancer, inflammation and others.
Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies have also demonstrated how curcumin is active against different viruses, fungi and bacteria, including even highly emerging, pathogenic and multi-drug-resistant strains. And since curcumin has been proven to have no toxicity even at high oral doses and also because of its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral activity, it has already been approved and widely used in the food and wellness industry. Its broad-spectrum anti-infective especially makes it a promising drug candidate.
According to a study published by the Italian Journal of Biochemistry, it has been suggested that curcumin exhibits effective protection against damage from viral infections by activating a gene that encodes an antioxidant protein. The study also shows that curcumin activates the hemoxygenase-1 gene, which produces powerful antioxidants in both the brain and the hippocampus. Additionally, it also exhibits a positive impact on the body’s immune system. Thus, these traits show how curcumin is an ideal natural solution for people with viral disease.
Likewise, studies published in the journal Virology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have demonstrated curcumin to be a useful and promising natural anti-viral. This is due to the fact that the studies showed an effective result when it comes to suppressing gene expression during herpes virus infection. Curcumin affects the immediate-early gene promoter mediated by the viral trans-activator protein VP-16 and thus proves to be a helpful natural anti-viral solution.
So how does curcumin benefit the health by acting against viral infections?
1. Boosts Immunity
Curcumin is a well-known powerful immunity booster and this is especially helpful when it comes to fighting against viral infections.
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2. Treats Cold & Cough
Catching a common cold or flu is quite a common experience for everyone, especially during the seasonal transition. Curcumin in turmeric is known to help cleanse the respiratory tract and help fight against viral infections. Its rich anti-inflammatory properties also effectively relieve individuals from the direct effect of cold or flu.
3. Improves Respiration
People with bronchial problems such as bronchial asthma, sinusitis, etc are prone to viral infections due to lower immunity. Curcumin can be of great help as it helps build immunity and lowers any complications regarding respiratory health.
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4. Relieves Upper Respiratory Tract Problems
Inflammation in the upper respiratory tract constricts the airways causing difficulty in breathing. This is often linked to an exaggerated response by the immune system leading to chronic inflammation and lung tissue damage caused by free radicals. Curcumin can be an effective remedy as it help inhibits inflammation, relieves congestion and pain, thereby supports better breathing.
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5. Eliminates Inflammation
Curcumin’s rich and potent anti-inflammatory qualities can come in handy when it comes to reducing and suppressing various inflammatory molecules responsible for the causes of the damage by viruses. It effectively reduces any symptoms and provides relief with no side effects.
6. Suppresses Viral Replication
Curcumin’s anti-viral properties are known to help reduce the replication of the infection-causing virus and thus reduce the load of the infection.
There is no doubt that curcumin is an excellent natural remedy when it comes to enhancing health and wellness. And with more research and studies in recent years, we are made aware of how beneficial it is when it comes to fighting against viral infections. It is the need of the hour to have strong immunity and bolster our health, and curcumin is the ideal solution for just that.
Disclaimer: The article contains general information regarding the benefits of curcumin, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any treatment.