Spice It Up. The Latest on Turmeric for Skin Conditions
Author: Shelley Bennetts Date Posted:1 March 2019
By now, we are all aware of the incredible health benefits of turmeric, and its potential as a treatment for many diseases. Many people are including turmeric in their diet to ward off disease. And, many are choosing to add a turmeric supplement, like Turmeric Plus Oral Liquid, to their health regime, to keep aches and pains at bay. Now, with research pointing the way, science is beginning to appreciate the potential of turmeric for skin conditions, including skin cancers.
Spice up your skin?
Prevention offers the best solution to the increasing incidence of skin cancers as a result of sun exposure. Those of us with fair skin, living and playing in the sun, are at the greatest risk of sun damage and related skin cancers. Soon, curcumin-based sun screens could provide us with some powerful skin protection.
Curcumin, the active part of turmeric, has been shown to slow the growth of some internal cancerous tumors. But what about using it directly on the skin? In some traditional cultures they’ve been doing this forever. But, in our Western medical culture, old therapies must be proven by science before they are considered safe.
This study suggests that one of the active components of Turmeric, tetrahydrocurcumin (THC), can be used as a safe skin whitening agent, for wound management, for cosmetic applications and for treating various skin related disorders. They found THC to be non-toxic and safe. They also found that it improved levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, resulting in improved skin elasticity and tightness. Protection from ultraviolet radiation was significantly improved, hence inhibiting the production of melanin (dark pigmentation from sun damage).
In this study, 25 people suffering from cancers of the mouth, skin, breast and vulva were given turmeric orally. For these people, the usual treatments had failed. In 25% of these cases, the lesions improved, proving that taking curcumin by mouth did actually reach the skin tissue. But, they agreed, surely there is a case for applying it directly to cancerous lesions erupting on the skin. These can be very smelly, itchy and oozy. Researchers applied either an ethanol extract of turmeric or a turmeric/vaseline ointment directly to the lesions. The results were remarkable. In 90% of cases both the smell and the itchiness were reduced. 70% of lesions dried up, and 10% of people reported a reduction in the size of the lesions and the associated pain. In many cases the improvements lasted for months.
Even though the science is still uncertain, in many cultures using turmeric for skin conditions has shown great results. We’ll have to wait patiently for turmeric-based sunscreens, and topical ointments. But, in the meantime we can be sure that PFE Turmeric Plus Oral Liquid will work from the inside to reach damaged skin tissue.