Curcumin may improve cholesterol levels for people with metabolic syndrome.

March 26, 2015 Consumer Blog By

Daily supplements of curcumin may help cut LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Taiwan.

Curcumin has been found by previous studies to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammation effects.  Yi-Sun Yang, from Chung Shan Medical University Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues enrolled 65 men and women with Metabolic Syndrome in a study in which subjects received 630 mg of curcumin 3 times a day, or placebo, for 12 weeks.  The team observed significant increases in HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels (rose from 41 to 43 mg/dL), while LDL (‘bad”) cholesterol decreased (from 121 to 107 mg/dL).  As well, triglycerides were reduced significantly.  The study authors submit that: “Daily curcumin consumption may be an alternative choice to modify cholesterol-related parameters, especially in metabolic syndrome patients.”

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