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

Effect of a Natural Turmeric Matrix Formulation on the Absorption and Bioavailability of Curcumin

Curcuminoids are the major bioactive molecules in turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae). They are amphiphilic compounds that are more soluble in organic solvents than aqueous solutions, and their low water solubility translates to poor gastrointestinal absorption. Moreover, the high rate of metabolism and metabolic inactivation and the rapid elimination of curcuminoids results in low serum curcuminoid … Continue reading Effect of a Natural Turmeric Matrix Formulation on the Absorption and Bioavailability of 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

Meta-analysis Shows Turmeric Effective in Lowering Low-density Lipoproteins and Triglycerides

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality in the world, and the increased risk is characterized by age, sex, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome (MetS). Treatment of dyslipidemia is important for the prevention of CVD. Statins have shown promise in the treatment of dyslipidemia, but they … Continue reading Meta-analysis Shows Turmeric Effective in Lowering Low-density Lipoproteins and Triglycerides

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

Food as Medicine Ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a tropical perennial herb native to Southeast Asia and widely cultivated in China, India, Nigeria, Australia, Jamaica, and Haiti.1 Its subterranean stem, known as a rhizome, is the edible and medicinal portion of the plant.2 Gingerroot is characterized by its knotted, beige exterior and … Continue reading Food as Medicine Ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae)

Food as Medicine Ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a tropical perennial herb native to Southeast Asia and widely cultivated in China, India, Nigeria, Australia, Jamaica, and Haiti.1 Its subterranean stem, known as a rhizome, is the edible and medicinal portion of the plant.2 Ginger root is characterized by its knotted, beige exterior … Continue reading Food as Medicine Ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae)