Discovery seen as pathway for new medical treatments
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with being the perfect foil for a frosty Singha beer, eating spicy Thai or Indian curry might just boost your immune system.
Scientists at Oregon State University have discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that’s known to be important in the “innate” immune system, helping to prevent infection in humans and other animals.
This cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide, or CAMP, is part of what helps our immune system fight off various bacteria, viruses or fungi, even if they hadn’t been encountered before. (more…)