Curcumin found in Turmeric Spice prevented spread of Virus

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from George Mason University found that turmeric’s curcumin was able to stop the deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying inside of infected cells. The study results were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The curcumin found in turmeric is believed to be what stopped the multiplication of the virus. Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine.

The Rift Valley Fever virus (RVF) is typically spread from infected mosquitoes. These insects can infect animals and humans.

Lead author of the study, Aarthi Narayanan, who is a research assistant professor with Mason's National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, said that she was given turmeric all the time when she was growing up in India. Narayanan said that she would always give her son turmeric if he had a throat infection.

Narayanan has been investigating the benefits of turmeric and curcumin for the last 18 months. The next step will be to investigate ten different kinds of curcumin and see which one is the most beneficial. She also wants to research how curcumin affects other viruses including HIV.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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