Curcumin reduces heart enlargement and may prevent heart failure

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Curcumin is a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, which has been used for centuries in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. Western science has only recently discovered its benefits.

Researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered that “curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertophy,” which is enlargement of the heart. It also was able to restore heart function and reduce scar formation.

According to cardiologist Dr. Peter Liu, curcumin works by shutting off one of the major switches right at the chromosome source where the enlargement and scarring genes are being turned on.

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