Recent research shows that curcumin, a component of turmeric, may benefit people who suffer from scleroderma. Scleroderma is a disorder where the body produces excessive amounts of connective tissue called collagen. This fibrous tissue builds up in the skin and other organs and can disrupt their function. Researchers in South Carolina found that curcumin causes cell death in scleroderma lung fibroblasts--the cells that produce too much collagen in the lungs, but not in normal fibroblasts. This means that the herb interferes with the "bad" fibroblasts, but not the normal ones.
The researchers concluded "curcumin may have therapeutic value in treating scleroderma". This is especially appealing as a treatment modality because curcumin is extremely non-toxic and is beneficial for a host of other disorders including many cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
Many people with scleroderma also suffer from Raynaud's syndrome, and can greatly benefit from taking a high quality omega-3 supplement--read more on Raynaud's and omega-3's here.
Read the study here.