Curcumin’s Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Activities

Did You Know…

… Scientists in Thailand have unearthed a “spicy” substance capable of preventing diabetes?

In the past, I’ve written about how curcumin—the compound that gives the spice turmeric its signature orange-yellow color—can benefit your brain, your metabolism, and many other essential facets of your health.

But now, there’s more good news about curcumin’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.  In an exciting new study conducted by a team of 5 doctors in Thailand, curcumin was shown to effectively prevent type II diabetes.

Curcumin Prevented Diabetes in 100% of Prediabetic Patients

All 240 participants in the study headed by Somlak Chuengsmarn, M.D., had been diagnosed with prediabetes (meaning their blood sugar levels were higher than normal, but not quite high enough to qualify as diabetic).  Individuals with prediabetes have a much greater risk of developing type II diabetes, which is by far the most common type of diabetes.

During the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, half the group received 6 capsules each filled with 250 milligrams of curcumin daily, and the other half received six placebo capsules.

After 9 months, none of the participants who took the curcumin capsules had developediabetes.  In contrast, a whopping 16.4% of those in the placebo group developed type II diabetes.

The group who took curcumin also reported weight loss and reduced waist circumferences.  Considering how closely type II diabetes is linked to obesity, these results indicate that curcumin could be an invaluable preventative tool.

More research is needed to illuminate exactly how curcumin helps prevent diabetes.  One theory is that the anti-inflammatory properties mentioned earlier may halt the development of diabetes, since inflammation is thought to play a role in that disease.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth Far More than Any Conventional Cure

Dr. Somlak Chuengsamarn, an endocrinologist at Srinakharinwirot University and lead author of the curcumin study, says, “Prediabetes patients should be focused on diet and exercise as the first step.”

He and his colleagues feel so strongly about the impact these practices can have for preventing diabetes that they spent 3 months educating all the participants in their study about building healthy lifestyles before the trial began.

In addition to powerful natural remedies such as curcumin, experts agree that prioritizing healthy life practices is a proven effective way to prevent type II diabetes.

Source for Story: