Comparative Evaluation of the Anti-ulcer Activity of Curcumin and Omeprazole during the Acute Phase of Gastric Ulcer—Efficacy of Curcumin in Gastric Ulcer Prevention against Omeprazole
Karolin Kamel Abdul-Aziz
DOI: 10.4236/fns.2011.26088   PDF    HTML   XML   9,377 Downloads   16,374 Views   Citations


We have confirmed in our laboratory the antiulcer activity of curcumin during the acute chronic phase of gastric ulcer disease at doses of 20, 40 and 80 mg/kg (dissolved in saline solution). In the previous study, the potent effective dose of curcumin was 80 mg/kg that appears a propitious protective effect against gastric ulcer development. Therefore, the comparison between such recommended dose of curcumin and one of the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) staff is worth-while. Since, the pharmacological control of gastric acid secretion is the main desired goal for gastro-cytoprotection, particularly, the H+/K+-ATPase (acid proton pump) inhibitors. Nevertheless, several studies have indicated that long-term inhibition of gastric acid secretion results in mucosal hyperplasia and carcinoid tumor development, due to increase circulating gastrin levels. Ulcer and the preventive indexes were scored, mucin, juice volume, total acidity, luminal haemoglobin, total antioxidant and total peroxide were evaluated. The pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-6 and the major angiogenic growth factor VEGF levels were measured. Conclusion, curcumin and omeprazole are potentially preventing gastric lesions development in the gastric wall during the acute phase of gastric ulcer diseases, but curcumin was more potent in its effect. Curcumin promotes gastric ulcer prevention/healing by induction of angiogenesis in the granular tissue of ulcers. That may be via upregulation of VEGF expression as reflected from VEGF level in serum and gastric juice, however, omeprazole might be has no role in this story.

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K. Abdul-Aziz, "Comparative Evaluation of the Anti-ulcer Activity of Curcumin and Omeprazole during the Acute Phase of Gastric Ulcer—Efficacy of Curcumin in Gastric Ulcer Prevention against Omeprazole," Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 2 No. 6, 2011, pp. 628-640. doi: 10.4236/fns.2011.26088.

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