Curcumin / Turmeric for Colds & Flu

With winter fast approaching and family and friends already suffering from the symptoms of colds etc we thought that this month we would look at how turmeric could help you get through the winter as well as possible.

  • Turmeric is well known for its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.
  • The powerful antioxidant, curcumin in turmeric, helps to fight infections and reduce inflammation
  • Turmeric / curcumin can help prevent the onset of respiratory ailments.
  • A mixture of turmeric and milk (especially with some good honey) works wonders on the throat and helps eliminate any pathogens in the body, thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • ​Gargling with turmeric, salt and warm water also helps to ease a sore throat.
  • Curcumin helps reduce inflammation in the body by controlling certain communication pathways that trigger inflammation.
  • ​It may also block the creation of substances that promote inflammation, known as inflammatory mediators.
  • ​Turmeric can soothe the effects of bronchitis.

​In a Japanese study to investigate the effects of 12-week consumption of highly bio-available curcumin on common cold symptoms, immune function, and inflammatory markers. They found that the cumulative number of days for which common cold symptoms persisted was significantly lower in the group taking the high dose curcumin than that in the placebo group. No adverse effects were observed.

​In India, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have used turmeric to treat inflammatory diseases for hundreds of years.

​Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways that occurs in response to a viral or, or less commonly a bacterial infection. The body’s immune response causes swelling and inflammation in the airways, leading to obstructed and difficult breathing. By reducing inflammation, turmeric might soothe the effects of bronchitis.

​One of the main compounds in turmeric might help people with bronchitis breathe more easily. A small study looked at the effects of curcumin on people with bronchial asthma, a different condition involving airway inflammation. The researchers tested the breathing efficiency of 77 people and found that those taking the curcumin showed FEV1 (the amount of air you can breathe in in 1 minute) results that were significantly higher than those just receiving standard bronchial asthma treatment. So, it helps you breathe more easily. That’s got to be good.