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Medicine and health science fair project:
Determine if turmeric can prevent the growth of bacteria which causes foodborne illnesses.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Determine if turmeric can prevent the growth of bacteria which causes foodborne illnesses.
Subject: Medicine & Health
Grade level: Primary School - Grades K-3
Academic Level: Advanced
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Medium
Awards: Second Place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair ($25)
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair
Year: 2010
Materials: Bacterial cultures (E. Coli, Shigella, Salmonella, Campylobacter), powdered turmeric, lab coat, agar plates, filter paper, fume hood, sterile gloves, sterile inoculating loop, antibiotic discs, saline.
Description: Different tumeric quantities were applied to different bacterial cultures (E. Coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter) placed in agar plates. The agar plates were incubated at room temperature for 4 days. The resulting amount of bacterial growth was charted and graphed.
Short Background

Tumeric Health Benefits

In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric has many medicinal properties and many in South Asia use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is also used as an antibacterial agent.

It is taken in some Asian countries as a dietary supplement, which allegedly helps with stomach problems and other ailments. It is popular as a tea in Okinawa, Japan. Pakistanis also use it as an anti-inflammatory agent, and remedy for gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. In Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, turmeric is applied to a piece of burnt cloth, and placed over a wound to cleanse and stimulate recovery. Indians, in addition to its Ayurvedic properties, use turmeric in a wide variety of skin creams that are also exported to neighboring countries.

Turmeric is currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders.

In the latter half of the 20th century, curcumin was identified as responsible for most of the biological effects of turmeric. According to a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal, research activity into curcumin and turmeric is increasing, with supplement sales increased 35% from 2004. The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently has registered 19 clinical trials underway to study use of dietary turmeric and curcumin for a variety of clinical disorders (dated February 2010).

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin

Source: Wikipedia (All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.)

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