If the latest is to be believed, turmeric can help cure drug-resistant tuberculosis.
According to the findings of a new study, curcumin, the key ingredient of turmeric can successfully remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative bacterium of tuberculosis.
While the Indian herb is already famous for its numerous health benefits it bestows, this comes as a handy addition to antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory qualities it already enjoys.
“Our study has provided basic evidence that curcumin protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human cells,” said lead author Dr Xiyuan Bai about his study. However, he added, “The protective role of curcumin to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis still needs confirmation, but if validated, curcumin may become a novel treatment to modulate the host immune response to overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis,” researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, said.
The findings come ahead of the World TB Day to be celebrated on Thursday, March 31st.