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Curcumin and Healing

Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 12:25 PM

Question: A recent report that said curcumin blocked the creation of new blood vessels. Should curcumin be avoided after surgery?


Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

The growing of new blood vessels, called neovascularization, is essential for wound healing. Ironically, even though curcumin inhibits this process, several studies have shown that it is actually a potent aid in the healing of surgical wounds. When combined with hesperidin, zinc, and vitamin C (buffered), not only is healing stimulated, but wound strength is increased. This means that the binding of the two sides of injured tissue is stronger. Zinc should not be taken in large doses for a prolonged time lead to sideoblastic anemia and copper deficiency. Inhibition of the same process in cancers, called angiogenesis, is one way curcumin inhibits their growth and spread.

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