The American Journal Of Cardiology likes the work on the effect of turmeric on reducing post-surgery heart attack risk so much that it’s commented on it.
In an article published on Indian website Ianslive.com, here, researchers at Chiang Mai University in Thailand reportedly studied 121 patients who had non-emergency bypass surgery between 2009 and 2011.
Half the patients were given one-gram curcumin capsules to take four times a day, starting three days before their surgery and continuing for five days afterwards. The other half took the same number of drug-free placebo capsules.
The researchers found that during their post-bypass hospital stays, 13 percent of the patients who’d been taking curcumins had a heart attack, compared to 30 percent in the placebo group.
As we (and the American Journal of Cardiology) say, this requires much more work, but the health association with turmeric and its main component, curcumin, are well publicised, so it’s not inconceivable that, as the researchers say, it is likely that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin may have helped limit heart damage in the patients.