curcumin improves liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is ridiculously common, affecting about one in 400 American adults and about one in 200 between the ages of 45-54. It can stop your liver from doing its work, and it can even kill you. This versatile herb is a powerful liver herb, and it can help. It may even save you.

Liver cirrhosis is a late stage liver disease. The liver is damaged by scarring called fibrosis. The scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through your liver, impairing its ability to process nutrients, hormones, drugs and toxins.

Liver cirrhosis can’t generally be reversed: it means there is permanent damage. But you can stop it from getting worse, and you may be able to improve the fibrosis. And that could save your life.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the herb turmeric. It is a powerful and versatile herb, and it has powerful effects in the liver.

This double-blind study set out to see if curcumin’s liver effects were powerful enough to help cirrhosis.

60 people with liver cirrhosis were given either a placebo or 500mg of curcumin twice a day for 3 months. Two people in the placebo group died from their cirrhosis versus one in the curcumin group.

While all scores for disease activity continued to worsen in the placebo group, they all improved in the curcumin group, and the difference between the two groups was significant.

This study actually suggests that taking curcumin actually improves cirrhosis.


Phytother Res. June 2020;34(6):1446-1454


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