Scientists Admit Turmeric Is Better Than Any Big Pharma Drugs
Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reveal new ointment
According to scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Tumeric is far more effective than Big Pharma prescription drugs.
A new ointment made from turmeric could replace erectile dysfunction drugs and spell the end for Big Pharma's monopoly on the problem experienced by men around the world.
Scientists have developed a new cream that contains curcumin, the chemical found in turmeric that gives its distinctive yellowish look.
The test reveals that the chemical boosts blood flow to the genitals once it's rubbed onto the stomach.
DailyMail reports: One in ten men suffers erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives and some studies suggest more than a third of those over 40 are affected.
Although drugs like Viagra have revolutionized treatment, around 30 per cent of men who take them see no improvement.
To make the new curcumin-based ointment, a team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine processed large quantities of the flavouring into millions of tiny nanoparticles.
Each particle was 100 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair – allowing them to seep through skin and into tiny blood vessels, called capillaries, under the skin.
They mixed the particles with water to make a thin paste and rubbed it on rats' tummies regularly for two weeks.
Tests showed the animals had better erections and increased blood flow, according to results published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Scientists predict the curry cure could help millions of men who have type 2 diabetes – a major cause of impotence.
Curcumin also boosts brain health
Dr David Goldmeier, sexual medicine expert at Imperial College London, said curcumin is an antioxidant and could prevent narrowed arteries – a major factor in impotence.
But he said more tests are needed to show it works just as well in men. 'It's an interesting study.
WHAT IS IMPOTENCE?
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is when a man is unable to get or maintain an erection.
It is more common in the over-40s but affects men of all ages.
Failure to stay erect is usually due to tiredness, stress, anxiety or alcohol, and is not a cause for concern.
However, it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, side effects of medication, or hormonal issues.
Lifestyle factors than can affect the condition include obesity, smoking, cycling too much, drinking too much, and stress.
Source: NHS Choices
'But eating a Mediterranean diet and doing regular cardio exercise can also prevent the clogged arteries which cause erectile problems.'
Earlier this year, medics at the University of California, Los Angeles found regular intake of curcumin also boosted memory and mood.
Other studies show it can slash the risk of bone-crumbling osteoporosis and even provide better pain relief for sports injuries than pills like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
'Better than prescription drugs'
Scientists have known for years that curcumin is good for the circulation, and that it can be used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Studies published by the University of Cairo in 2014 compared the effects of curcumin with those of sildefanil, the active ingredient in Viagra, and tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis.
Testing on rats with erectile problems caused by diabetes found curcumin was effective for longer, and that both drugs were more effective when combined with it.
The studies said using curcumin alone or combining it with the drugs showed 'high efficacy and more prolonged duration of action in enhancing erectile function.'
Viagra can be bought without prescription
Viagra can now be bought over the counter, too, after was allowed to be sold without prescription and supermarkets and pharmacists stocked up on the blue pills.
Asda revealed last month it was selling Viagra for as little as £3.75 per pill.
While the product, which is made by Pfizer, can be bought without a prescription, customers cannot simply pick it up off the shelf, no questions asked.
They still have to go to either a speciality pharmacy, or the pharmacy counter in a supermarket, and give some details about their medical history.
The tablets are available only to over-18s who will be required to answer a series of questions from the pharmacist about the symptoms they are suffering, their general health, and any other medication that they are taking.
As well as the famous blue pill, aspirin, a gel containing nitroglycerin, electric shock therapy and yoga have all been touted as possible treatments for erectile dysfunction.