Curcumin May Help Improve Markers of Inflammation
Chronic, low-grade inflammation produces a steady, low-level of inflammation throughout the body and can be caused by smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption, sedentary behavior, stress, and weight gain. A recent study suggests that curcumin may help improve markers of chronic inflammation.
90 overweight adults with an average age of 60 participated in the study. They received 200 micrograms of curcumin extract or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Serum inflammatory markers, body weight, and BMI were measured at baseline and at the end of the study period. In addition, mental health was assessed at baseline and at the end of the study period.
Participants in the curcumin group saw significant reductions in levels of the inflammatory markers C-reactive protein and complement component 3. They also had significantly lower body weight and BMI at the end of the study period compared to the placebo group.
Participants in the curcumin group also saw significant improvements in mental health scores, including anger and hostility.
The study was conducted by researchers from House Wellness Foods Corp. It was published online ahead of print on November 19, 2021in the Nutrition Journal.