curcumin has anti-inflammatory effect in people with chronic kidney disease

Perhaps no other herb has enjoyed as much research for as wide a variety of health benefits recently as curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. Well, here’s another brand new use for the golden superstar.

Recent research has revealed an incredible number of uses for curcumin, from cancer to depression to osteoarthritis and liver disease. And now you can add kidney disease.

A number of the complications of chronic kidney disease, including cardiovascular disease, are associated with inflammation. So, a double-blind study set out to see if turmeric, a herb with powerful antiinflammatory powers, could help people with chronic kidney disease who were on hemodialysis. The 28 people in the study were given either a juice with 2.5g of turmeric or the juice alone as a placebo for three months.

There was a significant benefit to taking curcumin. The people in the turmeric group had significant improvement in two markers of inflammation. This result suggests that supplementing curcumin could have an important antiinflammatory effect in people with chronic kidney disease.

Clin Nutr 2020;S0261-5614(20)30110-2

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