More recently, research has confirmed that the central medicinal compound in turmeric – curcumin – blocks the growth of the zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV.
These are all serious viruses. Collectively, they affect hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Some of these viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes. For example, zika and the chikungunya viruses are transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito. Last year, researchers found that zika is linked with birth defects such as microcephaly. Zika virus has recently spread from South and Central America into Southern states in the U.S., including Texas and Florida.
The chikungunya virus is also spreading in South and Central America. This virus will cause joint pain, high fevers, rashes and sometimes even death.
There are no vaccines for either zika or chikungunya viruses. There are also no real treatments either.
One of the problems with these viruses is due to the viral cell being enveloped. They have glycoprotein shells that make them more durable and difficult to breakdown by the body’s immune system.