Sickness Prevention

Could curry help boost your immune system?


Sickness prevention is something that everyone should care about, and you may be surprised to learn how many simple things you can do to help ward off disease. For example, a recent study from Oregon State University shows that if you eat curry, you may be reducing your risk of disease. The researchers found that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric may cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein in the body that is important to the immune system.

Called cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide, or CAMP the protein helps the immune system fight off various bacteria, viruses or fungi and scientists found that curcumin causes the levels of this protein to almost triple.

"Curcumin, as part of turmeric, is generally consumed in the diet at fairly low levels," said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the Linus Pauling Institute. "However, it's possible that sustained consumption over time may be healthy and help protect against infection, especially in the stomach and intestinal tract."

While more research needs to be conducted, scientists said that these are encouraging findings. So if you love spicy curries, then eat up! 

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