Cholesterol and curcuminoids

Those with blood sugar issues are more likely to have heart and circulatory problems, plus abnormal lipid levels. Curcuminoids are natural compounds found in turmeric. Earlier evidence suggests they have blood sugar and lipid-regulating benefits, but few studies have measured their effect on lipids in those with more severe blood sugar issues.

In this study, 118 people aged 18 to 65 with significant blood sugar issues took a placebo or a daily supplement containing 1,000 mg of curcuminoids plus 10 mg of piperine; the pungent compound in black pepper that helps improve curcumin absorption.

After 12 weeks, those taking curcuminoids saw total cholesterol decline by 21.86 mg per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) compared to 17.06 for placebo. Non-HDL cholesterol decreased by 23.43 mg/dL vs. 16.84 for placebo, and HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased 1.56 mg/dL for curcuminoids while decreasing slightly for placebo.

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