Curcumin and resveratrol ‘can help with spinal cord injury recovery,’ studies show

Blueberries are a great source of resveratrol and other antioxidants, along with dietary fiber, vitamins C and K and manganese. Flickr: Kyle McDonald

Two new studies have shed light on the possible healing properties of foods containing curcumin and resveratrol for patients with spinal cord injury.

Curcumin ‘can play important role in SCI recovery’, study says

new study published on Springer Link says curcumin can play an important role in spinal cord injury (SCI) recovery by inhibiting the expression of NF-κB and TGF-β-SOX9.

The inhibition of NF-κB and SOX9 signalling pathway by curcumin has the potentiality of serving as neuronal regenerative mechanism following SCI, researchers say.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color. (Flickr: Marco Verch)
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color. Curcumin exhibits potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. (Flickr: Marco Verch)

Resveratrol ‘can inhibit Notch signalling pathway to improve spinal cord injury’, study says

A new report published on ScienceDirect says resveratrol can inhibit Notch signaling pathway to curtail spinal cord injury.

Notch signaling pathway plays an important role in neuronal cell differentiationneuroinflammation and axonal regeneration in the wake of SCI, the study says.

Resveratrol has been previously reported to exert neuroprotective effects in CNS (central nervous system) conditions.

In the study, researchers have reviewed potential mechanisms of resveratrol-inhibiting Notch signalling pathway in SCI treatment.

Resveratrol is found in foods such as peanuts, pistachios, grapes, red and white wine, blueberries, cranberries, and even dark chocolate.

The plants from which these foods come make resveratrol to fight fungal infection, ultraviolet radiation, stress, and injury.

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes along with other nutrients, such as minerals manganese and potassium and vitamins K, C and B1. (Flickr: Rote Trauben)
Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes along with other nutrients, such as minerals manganese and potassium and vitamins K, C and B1. (Flickr: Rote Trauben)

Previous studies, like this one published by Neurology Research International in 2016, also looked into the potential of curcumin in the treatment of spinal cord injury.

Curcumin and resveratrol ‘can help with spinal cord injury recovery,’ studies show