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The health boosting activity of curcumin may be due to the molecule’s ability to stabilise cell membranes and increase the cell’s resistance to infection, suggests a new study.

Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues at the University of Michigan used solid-state NMR spectroscopy to show that curcumin physically alters the cell membrane at an atomic level.

Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow colour, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential benefits for reducing cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of Alzheimer's, and potential protection against cancer.

Turmeric has a long history of use in folk medicine for the treatment of wounds, infections, and other health problems, said the Michigan researchers.

Over the last couple of years, curcumin has been linked to a range of health benefits, including potential protection against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart failure; diabetes and arthritis.

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