Fungi have emerged as a major threat to humans, causing a wide range of infections such as oral thrush, vaginitis, nail infections and septicemia. These infections are more common in individuals with reduced immunity, and may even be life-threatening. Symptoms vary, depending on the organs affected.
Your doctor may prescribe antifungal medications and surgery to treat your fungal infection, but certain supplements and herbs such as turmeric may help prevent or treat fungal infections.
The curcumin in turmeric prevents the attachment of fungi like candida to the oral cavity in HIV patients, according to a study published in the February 2009 issue of the „Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy”.
Another study in the February 2011 issue of the „Archives of Medical Research” revealed that curcumin can inhibit the growth of fungi in the oral cavity, and thereby reduce the risk of fungal infections.
A study published in the May 2011 issue of „Food and Chemical Toxicology” also pointed out that the essential oils extracted from the leaves of the turmeric plant may suppress the growth of fungi such as Aspergillus, which can cause serious respiratory tract infections in humans.
Turmeric – a natural antifungal
Commercial antifungals tend to be associated with a large number of side effects, so researchers have been isolating and testing herbal remedies to find an alternative. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties that could make it a natural herbal alternative to fight off these infections. Turmeric compounds can also block MDR-1, a gene responsible for resistance to multiple antimicrobial drugs.
A Brazilian research team looked at the effectiveness of Curcumin against 23 strains of fungi, including Candida albicans. They found that at a fairly low concentration, Curcumin was able to completely inhibit the growth of Candida albicans.
According to the researchers, „Curcumin was able to inhibit the adhesion to BEC (human cheek cells) of all the Candida species studied, being more potent than the commercial antifungal fluconazole”.
Immune-boosting blocks microbs
People with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of serious infection. Those with healthy immune systems are less likely to acquire conditions from microbes that typically live on our skin. Even when infected with bacteria that cause tuberculosis, people with healthy immunity typically do not develop the disease.
For example, in TSS infections, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties suppress a potentially deadly response by the immune system. HPV triggers inflammation that can lead to cancerous changes in cervical cells. In this case, curcumin moderates the immune response to HPV and prevents HPV’s inflammatory, carcinogenic activity.
Add turmeric in your diet
Curcumin supplements are much more concentrated than regular turmeric, but that certainly does not mean that you will not get any benefit from adding turmeric to your diet. If you enjoy curries or Middle Eastern cuisine, then including turmeric in your recipes is pretty easy. However, it can also be added to lots of meat dishes, used in marinades, and added to egg salads or scrambled eggs.
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