6 Turmeric Benefits For Bronchitis

Turmeric can benefit Bronchitis patients in several ways. These benefits are discussed in detail below.

1. Turmeric can reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes

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Turmeric can reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes – Kentary’s photo

Inflammation occurs when the immune system tries to protect the body cells from damage by harmful antigens and microbes that may enter from outside. The immune cells are directed towards the site of infection, and this results in swelling and redness.

During bronchitis, viruses, bacteria or other irritants may enter the respiratory tract through the nasal or oral passages. These agents may cause infection or injury to the bronchial tubes. As a result, the process of inflammation is mediated.

Curcumin present in turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent which has been proven to be effective against various inflammatory disorders. 

Bronchitis is can be caused by the influenza virus. 

Studies have shown that curcumin can alleviate the inflammation of the respiratory tract caused due to infection by influenza virus.

It suppresses the activation of macrophages (cells involved the immune response) and inhibiting the NF-kB (Nuclear Factor-kappa B) signalling pathway which is responsible for bringing about inflammation. 

Polysaccharides from turmeric can control the secretion of interleukins and prostaglandins which are vital components of an inflammatory process. 

Curcumin reduces inflammation by many other pathways also. It can inhibit bradykinin, another inflammatory mediator, which directs the secretion of interleukins and causes inflammation to occur. 

2. Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant

Viruses, bacteria, pollutants, lung irritants and smoke from cigarettes are the primary causes of bronchitis. These agents cause the bronchial tubes to inflame and may also lead to the development of oxidative stress in the respiratory tract. 

Oxidative stress develops as a result of a surge in the number of toxins in the form of free radicals or reactive oxygen species. These toxins could cause injury and damage to cells and DNA.

Anti-oxidants can fight off or neutralise these toxins and prevent this damage. While some antioxidants are present in the body, more is required from outside to balance the increased number of toxins generated by infections and infestations by harmful chemicals.

Curcumin found in turmeric is a potent antioxidative agent and thus could be helpful in protecting the cells from the body from damage in bronchitis. It can scavenge the free radicals and neutralise them to protect the body cells.

3. Turmeric can fight off the microbial infections in bronchitis

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Turmeric can fight off the microbial infections in bronchitis – google image 

Bronchitis is known to be caused by the same virus that causes influenza and flu. This includes the influenza virus, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinoviruses. 

Curcumin, present in turmeric has an anti-viral effect on the influenza virus. It could assist in the treatment of the infection and reduce the severity of the diseases. It mediates immune response towards the virus, inhibits its replication and protects against the injury caused by the viral infection.

Curcumin also shows an inhibitory action against the respiratory syncytial virus. It suppresses the replication and multiplication of the virus without having toxic effects on the cells. Thus, it could have therapeutic applications in treating respiratory diseases like bronchitis.

Bronchitis may sometimes also be caused by bacterial infection by bacteria like C. pneumoniae, M. pneumoniae, S. pneumonia, K. pneumonia and H. influenzae. The bacterial infection is more common in severe and chronic incidences of bronchitis. 

Anti-microbial agents are thus required to treat the infections. Antibiotics may be prescribed, but they can have certain side effects, and the risk of developing antibiotic resistance is always involved. 

Curcumin depicts anti-bacterial activity against a wide variety of bacterial strains, including those causing infections in bronchitis cases.

Thus, curcumin could be beneficial in dealing with both viral and bacterial infections in bronchitis.

4. Turmeric improves immunity

The immune system protects the body from infections and other harmful substances. An active and adequately working immune system ensures the prevention of many diseases and the smooth functioning of body parts.

Persons, whose immune system is comprised, are at an increased risk of developing infections like bronchitis. Thus, stimulating the immune system could result in the prevention of bronchitis.

Various components of turmeric including polysaccharides and curcuminoids have been shown to have immunomodulatory activities. 

Curcumin, an active ingredient of turmeric can increase the production of several immune cells and components and thus, stimulate the immune system. 

It can mediate the secretion of antibodies, T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, dendritic cells and natural killer cells. These cells are required for killing microbes and other harmful substances in the body. 

5. Turmeric can relieve several symptoms of bronchitis

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Turmeric can relieve several symptoms of bronchitis – google image 

Cough and cold: Turmeric has been used for centuries for treatment for a cough and common cold.

Studies have shown that inhaling the vapours of turmeric oil, which is volatile in nature, can relieve a cough and sputum, thereby assisting in the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Body aches: People suffering from bronchitis often experience a sore throat, headache and body ache. To ease the pain, they are commonly prescribed various painkillers, which may have side effects.

Curcumin has analgesic properties, which could be used to provide symptomatic relief in bronchitis patients.

It could be as effective as other anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving drugs like ibuprofen. 

Fever: Studies have hinted at the fact that curcumin present in turmeric could have anti-pyretic effects and could be used for relief from fever. 

Scientists are of the opinion that inhibiting of the inflammatory responses by activation of the Nuclear Factor-Kappa B (NF-KB) may be a useful strategy in dealing with a fever. 

We have already seen that curcumin can suppress the inflammation signalling pathway mediated by NF-kB. Thus, it may be used for the management of fever.

Shortness of breath: Bronchitis may cause breathing problems, particularly in those affected by chronic bronchitis caused by cigarette smoking.

Oral intake of curcumin has been found to alleviate emphysema (shortness of breath) caused by inflammation in the respiratory system. 

6. Turmeric can alleviate the side effect of some drugs used in bronchitis

Acetaminophen is often prescribed to bronchitis patients for relieving fever and inflammation.  It may have side effects which could damage the liver and the kidneys.

Curcumin, from turmeric, has the potential to reduce the toxic effects of acetaminophen and protect the kidneys and liver from damage. It could be used in combination with this drug, which could subsequently reduce the dosage and lower the risk of toxicity

Source: turmericforhealth

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