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Spice drug may help against stroke damage

10th February 2011

The Stroke Association said findings that a drug derived from the curry spice turmeric - which may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke - was the "first significant research" suggesting that the compound could aid stroke patients.

Following promising results in rabbits, researchers are now looking to embark on human trials. Turmeric has long been used as part of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and many laboratory studies suggest one of its components, curcumin, might have various beneficial properties.

 

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