Curcumin is the key bioactive curcuminoid found in the roots of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) that has a long history in traditional medicine.
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1. Liver Health
In a 2016 randomized placebo-controlled trial on patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, researchers found that curcumin supplementation was associated with a 79% reduction in liver fat content after 8 weeks.3
A 2019 meta-analysis of 6 randomized controlled trials reported curcumin reduces liver enzyme levels in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. High levels of liver enzymes are a marker for liver stress and damage.4
Curcumin may help improve liver health by reducing liver damage.
2. Joint Pain and Arthritis
In a randomized and controlled study, researchers found that curcumin supplementation in 45 patients with rheumatoid arthritis resulted in reduced symptoms and reduced joint pain. Curcumin was also reported to be more effective than a common anti-inflammatory medication at reducing joint pain.7
Researchers also believe that there is evidence to support curcumin in the treatment of arthritis.10
Curcumin may help reduce joint pain and improve the symptoms of arthritis.
3. Helps Blood Sugar
In a 2013 randomized double-blind and placebo controlled study on 100 type 2 diabetics, curcumin supplementation was shown to significantly reduce both fasting blood sugar and HbA1c. The researchers suspect the glucose lowering effect is due to the ability of curcumin to reduce free fatty acids in the blood.14
Researchers in a 9 month study with 240 pre-diabetics reported that compared to 16.4% of participants in the placebo group, 0% of the curcumin group developed type 2 diabetes during the study. They also reported curcumin improved the overall function of the beta-cells in the pancreases of the participants.15
Curcumin may help lower blood sugar levels and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
4. Metabolic Syndrome
Curcumin has been shown to improve the symptoms of metabolic syndrome by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.16
A 2015 randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial with 117 participants with metabolic syndrome reported that curcumin supplementation reduced C-reactive protein levels, a marker for inflammation, while improving oxidative status.17
Curcumin may help improve metabolic syndrome.
5. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
In a review of several human trials, curcumin was found to be safe and effective in reducing inflammation. Researchers believe the ability of curcumin exerts an anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting a number of different molecules.20
Curcumin may act as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
6. Premenstrual Syndrome
In a double-blind clinical trial on 70 women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), researchers reported that curcumin supplementation reduced the severity of PMS symptoms.21
A second study in 2016 on another 70 women confirmed that curcumin can reduce the mood, behavioral and physical symptoms of PMS.22
Curcumin may help reduce the symptoms of PMS.
7. Mood and Depression
In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study on 123 participants with major depressive disorder, researchers concluded that curcumin supplementation was effective in reducing depression and anxiety.23
Curcumin may help improve mood and reduce depression.
8. Boosts Immunity
A 2018 study also claims curcumin can affect multiple additional immune cells including macrophages, lymphocytes, dendritic cells and natural killer cells.32
Curcumin may help improve immunity by activating the immune system.
Curcumin is an important compound that may help fight inflammation, improve liver health, lower blood sugar levels, improve mood and more.*
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