Monday, November 16, 2009

Potent Synergy of Resveratrol and Turmeric. Potential Cancer, Inflammation and Hair Loss Treatment

You may be familiar with recent reports that link red wine consumption with an array of health benefits that may explain the "french paradox" or why French people are able to eat high fat diets but seem less inclined to succomb to heart disease. You are probably less familiar with the long standing medicinal benefits of Turmeric. Turmeric is a common culinary spice used in eastern cuisine. Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use. Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, is considered a potent anti-inflammatory. Recent studies indicate that the combination of resveratrol and curcumin is a potent combination with the potential to battle cancer, reduce inflammation possibly even grow hair.

A study of colon cancer cells released in May of 2009 ( study'838927) found that the combination of resveratrol and turmeric was more effective than either individual component. The study found that the combination inhibited cancer cell growth, caused existing cancer cells to die and inhibited natural biological processes that can contribute to cancer formation and growth.

Recently, an Italian company filed a patent for a hair loss supplement that contained, among other things, a combination of curcumin and resveratrol. Much discussion can be found on hair loss forums about this combination. The method of action in restoring hair is purportedly a combination of the potent anti-inflammatory properties of this combination and stimulation of nerve cells in the root of the hair follicles. This nerve cell stimulation promotes a release of neuropeptides such as P substance, Neurokinin A and the Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP) which have been linked to hair regrowth.

Another study ( study'549505) have linked a combination of resveratrol and curcumin with the inhibition of NF-kappaB signaling which is linked to inflammation and cancer formation. Several other studies have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory properties of either resveratrol or curcumin.

We are just scratching the surface of the benefits of resveratrol and turmeric. Medline and Pubmed are excellent academic and clinical resources for learning more about the potential of this combination. A simple search at either of these sites will return a number of study abstracts and give you a sense of the activity surrounding these important natural components.

Before rushing out to your local vitamin shop to purchase these natural components, please remember that both turmeric and resveratrol can have side effects. Talk to your doctor before starting your supplement regimen.

Find a list of reputable Resveratrol Reviews here, as well as additional resveratrol information and synergies with other herbs.

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