Just released: a study shows that taking curcumin, even short-term, leads to improvements in a “fatty liver.”
Fatty liver disease (the type not alcoholic-related) is a widespread health problem that is often linked to lifestyle, and can be reduced with healthier habits. Lifestyle modifications may now include eating more Indian food with turmeric and supplementing with curcumin, the polyphenol found in that spice, due to results of this June 2016 study. It shows that curcumin has hepatoprotective (liver protecting) and hypolipidemic (fat-lowering) benefits, and also improves other symptoms of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Researchers gave patients 70 mg/day of curcumin for 8 weeks. Liver fat content was measured by ultrasonography, glycemic and lipid profile, and amino acid enzyme reactions at the study’s beginning and end. Curcumin was found to produce a 78.9% reduction in liver fat content. There were also reductions in body mass index, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glycated hemoglobin (sugar content in the blood, a diabetes test). Curcumin was found to be safe and well tolerated by the patients, and therefore researchers concluded that it may be a fairly fast way to improve a fat-heavy liver.
(Sepideh Rahmani, Sedigheh Asgary et al., “Treatment of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease with Curcumin: A Randomized Placebo-controlled Trial.” Phytother Res. 2016 Jun 8. Epub 2016 Jun 8.)