Coinciding with the World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, a new research paper from theColorado University, Denver, points out that curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, can help overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Turmeric is most commonly used in Indian recipes and is believed to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anticancer elements.
The research team of the university discovered that by stimulating immune cells present in humans are known as macrophages, curcumin was able to effectively remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is responsible for causing TB.
‘’The process relied on inhibiting the activation of a cellular molecule known as nuclear factor-kappa B,” according to a press release issued by the university.
The press release further said that the quality of curcumin to adjust to the response of the immune system to Mycobacterium tuberculosis indicates towards a potential new treatment for TB, which would be less susceptible to the development of drug resistance.
Dr. Xiyuan Bai, the lead author of the study, said that their research has provided a basic proof that curcumin provides protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human cells.
Nonetheless, the defensive role of curcumin to overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis still requires authentication, which in case it gets validated, may become a novel treatment to change the host’s immune response to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis, he further said.