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Curcumin trial finds no activity


, : Curcumin trial finds no activity. Gmhc Treatment Issues 10(2): 9-9

A study by the Community Research Initiatives of New England (CRINE) shows no anti-HIV activity associated with curcumin, a popular herbal medication derived from the spice turmeric. This study contrasts an earlier one done by the Search Alliance of Los Angeles, which observed a reduction in viral load. CRINE attempted to reproduce the earlier results by enrolling forty people in a study. Two dosages were used and results were nil for both dosages. Neither viral load nor CD4 counts changed significantly over eight weeks. One possible reason for curcumin's lack of activity is that it is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract.

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