The overuse of antibiotics in our foods and as a medication have cause a surge of “super bugs” that are immune to its effects.
One of these strains of bacteria, Acinetobacter Baumannii (AB) often infects wounds and is frequently acquired in hospitals. Because it is resistant to antibiotics, AB is extremely hard to treat and often leads to pneumonia however, a recent study has found that turmeric may help.
The active compound that makes turmeric such a healing super food is curcumin and researchers at the Center for Immunology and Infectious Disease has found that it can significantly inhibit AB.
Researchers combined curcumin with polyhenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a naturally occurring compound found in green tea and discovered that levels of AB reduced significantly.
EGCG, which is also found in trace amounts in some vegetables and herbs was able to disrupt the bacterial cell membrane, which allowed curcumin to enter the cell and destroy it.
“Our study has shown that a combination of curcumin extract and ECCG has enhanced antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant Ancinetobacter baumannii,” stated researchers. “This research suggests that the combination could be developed as an effective antimicrobial agent.”
Turmeric is also a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Another study also cited that turmeric was effective at treating depression.