Curcumin lowers inflammation
by Newsletter Editor
In prior studies, curcumin reduced levels of the inflammatory factor C-reactive protein, a strong and independent predictor of heart disease, but findings have been inconsistent. In this review, researchers combined results from six C-reactive protein studies covering 342 participants who took some form of curcumin or a placebo. Curcumin, from the culinary spice turmeric, is not easy for the body to absorb by itself, and some preparations add enzymes and other ingredients to aid absorption.
Overall, while the placebo groups did not improve, those who took curcumin saw C-reactive protein levels decline by an average of 6.44 mg per liter of blood. Doctors found the effect only in those studies where participants took a more absorbable preparation of curcumin for at least four weeks.