Statins are a group of chemicals that have been prescribed for managing cholesterol. Since the patent for Lipitor–the most financially successful of these–expired in 2011, the number of lawsuits initiated against its manufacturer Pfizer has reached into the thousands.
Lipitor and other statin drugs may lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) in the blood but in many people, the consequent diseases are worse: Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver failure, and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease). Blood cholesterol is readily manageable through diet.
By controlling cholesterol, curcumin prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)–reducing risk of heart disease and stroke. Even a low daily dose of curcumin lowers LDL and total cholesterol.
5. Metformin (Diabetes)
Love this one: in managing diabetes, curcumin is 400 to ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES better than metformin. It acts by lowering glucose levels in the blood. No-brainer there.
6. Oxaliplatin (Chemotherapy)
Curcumin works as well as this hard-to-pronounce man-made chemical in arresting colorectal cancer:
“curcumin may be of use in therapeutic regimes directed against colorectal cancer, and suggests that in combination with oxaliplatin it may enhance efficacy of the latter.”
Interesting that the authors note curcumin can enhance the efficacy of the drug; if curcumin is better and has no side effects, why even bother with “the latter”?
7. Prozac/Fluoxetine and Imipramine (Antidepressants)
Turmeric is more effective than Prozac in treating depression:
“curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD [major depressive disorder] without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.”