Ayurvedic Herbs to Prevent Cataracts

Haridra (Sanskrit) is the rhizome and tuberous roots of turmeric (Curcuma longa) is considered in Ayurveda to be a bitter, hot herb that decreases the kapha dosha. Turmeric has been and continues to be a common herb in Ayurvedic household remedies for sprains, insect bites, and inflammatory skin conditions (e.g., acne and psoriasis). It is also prescribed and taken internally for abdominal pain, gout, arthritis, asthma, and Crohn’s disease.1

The primary known bioactive constituent in turmeric contains curcumin, which numerous studies have shown is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent and treat disease by protecting cells against free radicals and inhibiting lipid peroxidation.59-60 Animal studies suggest that curcumin may prevent the free radical damage that can lead to cataract formation.63

Horizontal below-ground stem with both roots and shoots of new plant stems above.
When free radicals take electrons from the fatty or waxy molecules that are essential parts of our cells,
which can result in cell damage and increased numbers of free radicals.
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