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Curcumin improves inflammation and cholesterol in obese men

Obesity increases chances for heart problems, which can begin with systemic inflammation and imbalanced lipids.  

In this study, 22 men, aged 18 to 35, with body mass index scores of at least 30, took fenugreek fiber alone (placebo), or along with 500 mg of curcumin enhanced with a small amount of fenugreek to enhance absorption per day. The men had no history of high blood pressure or blood sugar, heart attack, or diabetes.

After 12 weeks, levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory factor in heart disease, declined by 29.5 percent for the curcumin-fenugreek group while increasing 25.3 percent for the fenugreek placebo alone. Levels of HDL, the good cholesterol that protects the heart, increased 33.8 percent for the curcumin-fenugreek group while declining 20.2 percent for the fenugreek placebo alone.

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