by Geri Walton ~ January 12th, 2009
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), and they affect nearly 50 percent of adult Americans. If you’ve never had one, they’re painful. However, there may be something in your spice cabinet that may help. Van Andel Institute researchers discovered curcumin, a component of turmeric, blocks the virus, and, according to the researchers, “cells treated with curcumin did not support herpes simplex virus infections very well.” So, although, turmeric is not currently a cure, it does mean, there may be some spicy help on the way.