A new study showed daily supplementation of the yellow pigment from turmeric, curcumin, may support lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with metabolic syndrome.
65 people with metabolic syndrome participated in this placebo controlled double blind study. Individuals were assigned randomly to receive either 630 mg of curcumin 3 times per day or a placebo. The study lasted 12 weeks. LDL levels decreased significantly from an average of 121 to 107 while triglycerides dropped an average of 65 mg/dl. HDL levels increased from 41 to 43 mg/dl. Men saw more benefits for cholesterol lowering while women saw better improvements in good cholesterol (HDL).
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by hypertension, obesity and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. Metabolic syndrome has been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.
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