Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Curcumin and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Interesting study (and particularly timely with our Geronova Research R-PLUS with Curcumin on sale):

"Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of people in the United States, making it virtually impossible for many of them to hold a full-time or even part-time job, go to school, enjoy their families, or participate in routine or leisure activities. Estimates of the actual number of people who have the disease vary widely, from 500,000 to more than 4 million.

Study of curcumin and chronic fatigue
Oxidative stress is a significant factor in chronic fatigue syndrome, and so ways to reduce it theoretically should also improve symptoms of this complex condition. A study published in the January 2009 issue of Immunobiology reports on mice who were challenged with a stress test for 10 minutes daily for 19 days. Half of the mice were given curcumin and the other half acted as controls.

The control mice showed signs of significant fatigue and had hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain), another common symptom of the syndrome. The mice who were given curcumin showed a significant reduction in fatigue, oxidative stress, and hyperalgesia. The investigators suggest that curcumin may be a valuble option in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Curcumin in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
Along with an increase in oxidative stress, research shows that chronic fatigue syndrome is accompanied by activation of the inflammatory response system, and that a natural agent called nuclear factor kappa beta (NFkappabeta) is the main intracellular mechanism that regulates inflammatory and oxidative stress mediators.

In a Belgian study, researchers studied the possible impact of inhibiting the production of NFkappabeta in patients who had chronic fatigue syndrome. They found that there were significant correlations between the production of NFkappabeta and symptoms typically associated with the syndrome, including muscular tension, fatigue, irritability, depression, a subjective feeling of infection, and aches and pain.

They also discovered that the increase in oxidative stress and inflammation reported in previous studies of chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by increased production of NFkappabeta. Given these results, the study’s authors suggest that people with chronic fatigue syndrome should be treated with antioxidants that are known to inhibit the production of NFkappabeta, including curcumin, quercetin, lipoic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Curcumin for chronic fatigue syndrome
Curcumin is one of several curcuminoids, the natural pigments that give the spice turmeric its yellow color. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and as such it is also used to treat arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system."