Curcumin and Fenugreek Extract May Help Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Obesity results in greater aortic stiffness, which is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease. A recent study suggests that taking a supplement containing curcumin and fenugreek may help reduce arterial stiffness and pulse pressure in the brachial artery, and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Participants in the study included 22 obese men who were given either a 500 mg dose of a curcumin and fenugreek supplement or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. All of the participants were instructed not to change their daily diets or exercise routines during the study period, in order to see the exact effect of curcumin on arterial stiffness.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that not all of the participants responded to the curcumin and fenugreek supplement. However, those with higher baseline carotid-femoral Pulse Wave Velocity did respond. In that sub-group, there was a 1 m/s relaxation in carotid-femoral Pulse Wave Velocity. There was also a 14% reduction in pulse pressure in the brachial artery in that group, compared to a 2.4% increase in the placebo group.
Researchers from the University of Kentucky conducted the study. It was published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Functional Foods.
Curcumin has been used in folk remedies for years to ease menstrual cramping, help heal wounds, and to improve the appearance of skin. Yellow curry is a great source of curcumin. Curcumin is also available in supplement form.
Previous studies have found a correlation between fenugreek seed extract and digestive health, improved heart health, improving female sexual function, and lowering high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Fenugreek has a sweet taste that is often compared to maple syrup and can be added directly to food. It can also be ingested as a supplement.