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Curcumn Extract May Provide Blood Sugar Benefits

Turmeric is obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa L. plant. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A new study has found that supplementation with curcumin and piperine may help diabetics with glycemic control and triglyceride levels.

Seventy-one adults with type 2 diabetics participated in the study. They were given 500 mg of a Curcuma Long L. extract standardized to 90% curcumin and 5 mg of piperine or a placebo daily for 120 days. Glycemic control, glycated hemoglobin, and triglyceride levels were measured at baseline and at the end of the study.

Participants in the supplement group saw a 6.6 mg/dL decrease in fasting glycemia and a 0.1% decrease in glycated hemoglobin. Glycated hemoglobin is a marker of long-term presence of excess glucose in the blood. They also saw a 20% reduction in mean triglyceride levels.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and the State University of Ceara. It was published online ahead of print on February 14, 2021 in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition .

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