Turmeric for cystic fibrosis?


Turmeric, a spice in curry powder, may offer new hope for the 30,000 Americans with cystic fibrosis.

In a common type of CF, a faulty gene triggers production of thick mucus that clogs the lungs and digestive tract. When doctors at Yale and the University of Toronto gave mice with CF daily doses of curcumin (it gives turmeric its yellow hue), defective proteins functioned more normally. Only 10% of the curcumin-treated mice died, versus 60% of untreated mice.

Stay tuned: Results from human trials are expected by the end of 2005.




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