3D Printing and Turmeric are a great combination for bone regeneration
All of us (at least those who know how to cook) know how much turmeric can be a good spice in some dishes. In some cultures, this ingredient is even used as a traditional medicine. Well, when it is associates to new technologies, it can be helpful to patients who suffer from osteoporosis.
This has been demonstrated by researchers at Washington State University who developed a 3D printed ceramic scaffold for regeneration of bone tissue.
Some of the advantages of turmeric include the reduction of symptoms for arthritis, heartburn and several health conditions thanks to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and bone-regeneration properties.
When the scaffold is coated with the ingredients integrated in turmeric powder, bone regeneration could be improved by between 30 and 45 percent.
It all starts with a mother looking for home remedies
The research was led by Susmita Bose, Herman and Brita Lindholm. “As a mother and having a chemistry background, I realized I didn’t want my children to be exposed to so many chemicals for every illness,” Bose said. “I started looking at home remedies.”
Researchers used a bio-compatible ceramic material, which resembles the one used for tissue regeneration research. The scaffolds are thereafter placed into cells which merge together over time and produce a new tissue.
One of the challenge of the team was to discover the best way to deliver the curcumin which is made up of organic molecules. However, thanks to the spice’s properties, researchers observed the proliferation of new bone cells as well as blood vessels in the tissue surrounding the implant.
Anyway, thanks to this project, researchers have certainly found a way to create healthier bone for osteoporosis patients without altering the bone remodeling cycle.
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