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Curcumin improves NAFLD

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when excess fat builds up in the liver due to causes other than alcohol, such as diabetes, obesity, and age, and there is no approved drug treatment.

In this study, 84 overweight or obese adults with NAFLD, aged 25 to 50, took a placebo or 40 mg of curcumin after breakfast and dinner. After three months, while the placebo group had not improved significantly, in the curcumin group, 40 percent of those who began with mild symptoms no longer had NAFLD, and 85 percent of those with moderate NAFLD saw symptoms decrease to mild.

Also for curcumin, the inflammatory factor high-sensitivity C-reactive protein declined 39 percent; LDL cholesterol declined 15.8 percent, to 114.6 from 135.6; triglycerides declined 18 percent, to 142.5 from 175.9; and fasting blood insulin levels declined 18.75 percent, to 6.5 from 8.0.

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