Turmeric is known as a yellow spice added to food to give that distinct exotic flavor and is most commonly found in curry recipes. But as with many, many spices, turmeric also has health benefits and today we’ll focus on its benefits for your vision.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a household spice sourced from the plant Curcuma longa. Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger and cardamom, Zingiberaceae. This brightly colored spice has been an integral part of the Indian cuisine as well as traditional medicine.
In traditional medicine, turmeric is commonly used for the treatment of pain and wounds which is largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The active compounds of turmeric responsible for these actions are many but among them is curcumin. Curcumin is one of the active ingredients of turmeric that is actively researched upon.
In fact, studies show curcumin is scientifically found to be an effective antioxidant that has shown promise in treating and preventing some forms of inflammation, oxidative stress, and even certain cancers.
Benefits of Curcumin for the eyes
Scientists consider curcumin to be a potential helpful compound in opthalmology. It has been demonstrated that curcumin has beneficial effects on several ocular diseases, such as chronic anterior uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome.
One study notes the efficacy of curcumin on chronic anterior uveitis, the most common form of uveitis that occurs in front of the eye. As it turned out, oral administration of curcumin has the same results as corticosteroid therapy which is presently the only available standard treatment for this disease. The same study also notes the lack of side effects with curcumin to be its greatest advantage over corticosteroids.
Unfortunately, because of its low solubility and oral bioavailability, the biomedical potential of curcumin is not easy to exploit. This is why products like NORFLO® were made to maximize curcumin bioavailability. Norflo contains a curcumin-phospholipids complex, which was specifically formulated to increase curcumin bioavailability to be 30-folds higher than standard curcumin. This bioavailability improvement has proven therapeutic efficacy and tolerability in 20 clinical studies publishes in peer-reviewed journal in ophthalmology and in other inflammatory diseases.
Turmeric has a great potential in combating common eye diseases. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action courtesy of curcumin helps reduce or even prevent the damage to various eye tissues. The potential of curcumin has been explored in medicine extensively