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Curcumin and Fenugreek May Help Combat Work-Related Stress

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has reported that Americans are suffering from rising levels of work-related stress, which is increasing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular disease. A recent study suggests that a supplement of curcumin and fenugreek may boost the quality of life index in people with work-related stress by fighting oxidative stress, a key factor in those illnesses.

Participants in the study included 60 people with significant occupational stress, mediated anxiety, and fatigue. They were assigned either 500 mg twice daily of the curcumin/fenugreek supplement, an unformulated natural curcumin with 95% purity, or a placebo daily for 30 days. The researchers measured stress, quality of life factors, and anxiety levels using a range of industry-standard tests at the beginning and end of the study.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found significant increase in antioxidant activity in the curcumin//fenugreek group. Specifically, they noted a 77% increase in glutathione, a 70% increase in glutathione peroxidase, and a 59.8% increase in superoxide dismutase. They also noted a 53.6% reduction in lipid peroxidation.

Additionally, the curcumin/fenugreek group had reductions in perceived psychological stress when compared with the other two groups.

Researchers from SMO Connect Clinical Research Services and Amala Cancer Research Centre, in India, conducted the study. It was published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

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, but if your stomach can’t handle curry, you don’t care for Indian food, or you want a high dose of curcumin like the one used in this study, you can take a high quality supplement.

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.

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