Curcumin combination reduced cortisol

The adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol in stressful situations, and obesity and metabolic syndrome can chronically elevate cortisol levels.

In this study, 80 overweight adults, average age 54, with elevated fasting blood sugar levels, took a placebo or 200 mg of curcumin, 120 mg of phosphatidylserine, 480 mg of phosphatidylcholine, and 8 mg of piperine per day. Doctors also recommended lifestyle improvements to all.

After eight weeks, the placebo group saw improvements in triglyceride levels and in fasting blood sugar levels. Those taking the curcumin combination saw cortisol levels decline significantly, lower fasting insulin levels, a two-inch decrease in waist size, a 5mmHg decrease in systolic blood pressure, a 34 mg per deciliter of blood decrease in triglycerides, higher HDL cholesterol levels, and improvements in liver function and in fatty-liver index scores.

Discussing the findings, doctors said to their knowledge, this is the first study to report curcumin combined with phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylcholine, and piperine reduced cortisol levels, and improved glucose factors and liver function in overweight adults with elevated fasting blood sugar levels.

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