Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

The complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and altered blood lipids are characteristics of T2D. Curcumin is a pigment and polyphenol found in turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Clinical trials and animal studies indicate … Continue reading Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

Curcumin May Improve Liver Steatosis in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome (METS) is a metabolic disorder characterized by a combination of multiple factors including abdominal obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, or dyslipidemia. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver, or steatosis, which can progress to fibrosis and liver dysfunction. NAFLD is the most common cause of chronic liver disease … Continue reading Curcumin May Improve Liver Steatosis in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

A Review of the Medicinal Properties of Turmeric with Specific Focus on Curcumin

Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) is a perennial plant and the rhizome is used as a culinary spice and medicinally. Turmeric is the major source of curcumin, a polyphenol with numerous health benefits, but poor bioavailability. Turmeric has long been used medicinally and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, and antimutagenic properties. The purpose of this review was to summarize … Continue reading A Review of the Medicinal Properties of Turmeric with Specific Focus on Curcumin

Reviewed Data Indicate Potential for Curcumin to Affect Pharmacokinetics of Some Pharmaceutical Drugs

Curcumin is extracted from turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome, a spice commonly used worldwide. Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat many conditions including cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, and inflammatory conditions. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective properties. Modern-day studies have reported numerous benefits. While curcumin has a wide therapeutic index, it may … Continue reading Reviewed Data Indicate Potential for Curcumin to Affect Pharmacokinetics of Some Pharmaceutical Drugs

Combining Curcumin and Boswellic Acid Is More Effective in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis than Curcumin Alone

The symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), including pain, morning stiffness, joint swelling, limited range of motion, decreased physical function, and restriction of social activities, are treated with an analgesic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cortisone. Although those drugs manage the pain and inflammation, they are associated with adverse effects, drug interactions, and contraindications. Curcumin, a component … Continue reading Combining Curcumin and Boswellic Acid Is More Effective in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis than Curcumin Alone

Curcumin Improves Endothelial Function

Damage to the vascular endothelium resulting in endothelial dysfunction has been implicated as an important mechanism in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Curcumin extracts from turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome have cardioprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Ex vivo, curcumin has been shown to reverse endothelial dysfunction, and one small (n = 32), randomized, controlled … Continue reading Curcumin Improves Endothelial Function

Anti-Cancer Properties of Turmeric and How to Increase Curcumin Absorption

Turmeric (scientific name Curcuma longa) belongs to the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. This perennial plant has a bright yellow rhizomatous root covered with a tan-colored skin. Turmeric is a popular spice that is widely used in the cuisines of the Middle East, Southeast Asian and North African regions. Turmeric is a very versatile herb that is also one … Continue reading Anti-Cancer Properties of Turmeric and How to Increase Curcumin Absorption

Curcumin May Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

New research indicates that curcumin - a substance in turmeric that is best known as one of the main components of curry powder - may help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. In Asia, turmeric is used to treat many health conditions and it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and perhaps even anticancer properties. Investigators found that by stimulating human … Continue reading Curcumin May Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.