Keynote: Turmeric - the “polynutraceutical” scientifically proven to be as effective as 14 drugs
Abstract: Turmeric, and its saffron-coloured polyphenolic constituent, Curcumin, is one of the most well-researched phytonutrients in the biomedical literature with over 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers to date. The applications for curcumin in promoting human health have been studied in a myriad of conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, dementia, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s, numerous types of cancers and many other health conditions.
This talk will explore the history of this ancient Indian spice and discuss its biochemical properties and the mechanisms of action thought to be responsible for the 250+ physiological actions that have been shown to deliver benefit in more than 800 different health conditions. We’ll discuss the epigenetic influence of this natural substance and how it seems to possess an intelligence for human health, altering the expression of nearly 2,000 genes. In this session, we will review some of the research that compares the efficacy of conventional pharmaceutical treatments against this promising nutraceutical including a look at the potential side effects, versus side benefits, in the treatment of various disease states.