Research: Turmeric may help stroke victims

February 10, 2011 3:01:17 PM PST
Turmeric is a spice that's shown promise in the past to help with healing.

Now research presented at a stroke conference in California shows a modified version of this spice may help stroke victims.

Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say animal studies suggest that turmeric could encourage new brain cells to grow and percent cell death after a stroke.

Laboratory tests on animals suggested the drugs might be effective up to three hours after a stroke in humans.

Tests in people are now being planned but any new treatment could still be some time away.