Relieve It With A Herb: Turmeric For Fatty Liver Disease

by Dr. Jonathan D'Souza

A popular spice in Asian and Oriental cuisine, turmeric is traditionally known as ‘Indian saffron’ due to its deep orange-yellow color. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties boost immunity, fight inflammation and prevent free radical damage.

Turmeric is packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, and potassium. It also contains dietary fibers and vitamin B6. Curcuminoids, the active ingredient in turmeric, contain powerful neuroprotective and immunomodulatory properties that regulate the functioning of the immune system.(1,2,3)

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that turmeric helps improve the mood.(3) Curcumin speeds up the wound-healing process by reducing redness and swelling.(4) It also improves the rate of collagen synthesis (the protein that binds connective tissues together), thus increasing tissue strength and enhancing the growth of cells around the wound. Its antioxidant properties further facilitate the healing process.(5) 

Turmeric For Fatty Liver Disease
A recent study published in the Archives of Animal Nutrition found that turmeric decreased the physiological stress on the liver and prevented the development of fatty liver disease. The study also showed that the polyphenol mixture of turmeric and green tea decreased stress hormone levels that led to a reduced risk of developing fatty liver disease.(6)

Another study found that turmeric inhibits the development of fatty liver by preventing hypercholesterolemia.(7)

How To Take It

  • Add ½tsp turmeric to a glass of warm milk and drink it twice a day to reduce your risk of fatty liver disease.
  • Alternatively, you can take 500mg of turmeric supplements twice daily. Buy them here.

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References:
1. Sahdeo Prasad and Bharat B. Aggarwal. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Turmeric, the Golden Spice From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. 2nd edition. Ch 13.

2. Zhou H, Beevers CS, Huang S. The targets of curcumin. Curr Drug Targets. 2011 Mar 1;12(3):332-47. Review. PubMed PMID: 20955148; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3025067.

3. Lopresti AL, Maes M, Maker GL, Hood SD, Drummond PD. Curcumin for the treatment of major depression: a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study. J Affect Disord. 2014;167:368-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.001. Epub 2014 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 25046624.

4. Dania Akbik, Maliheh Ghadiri, Wojciech Chrzanowski, Ramin Rohanizadeh. Curcumin as a wound healing agent. Life Sciences, Volume 116, Issue 1, 22 October 2014, Pages 1-7

5. Panchatcharam M, Miriyala S, Gayathri VS, Suguna L. Curcumin improves wound healing by modulating collagen and decreasing reactive oxygen species. Mol Cell Biochem. 2006 Oct;290(1-2):87-96. Epub 2006 Jun 13. PubMed PMID: 16770527.

6. Winkler A, Gessner DK, Koch C, Romberg FJ, Dusel G, Herzog E, Most E, Eder K. Effects of a plant product consisting of green tea and curcuma extract on milk production and the expression of hepatic genes involved in endoplasmic stress response and inflammation in dairy cows. Arch Anim Nutr. 2015 Dec;69(6):425-41. doi: 10.1080/1745039X.2015.1093873. PubMed PMID: 26490199.

7. Yiu WF, Kwan PL, Wong CY, Kam TS, Chiu SM, Chan SW, Chan R. Attenuation of fatty liver and prevention of hypercholesterolemia by extract of Curcuma longa through regulating the expression of CYP7A1, LDL-receptor, HO-1, and HMG-CoA reductase. J Food Sci. 2011 Apr;76(3):H80-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02042.x. PubMed PMID: 21535835.

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