Recent research suggests that the spice Curcumin may help protect the liver from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Curcumin may even be useful as a treatment for liver disease. Curcumin is a yellow-orange spice. In addition to its use as a seasoning and food coloring, it is also used as an ingredient in cosmetics and some herbal supplements. Rats used in the study were fed either a Western diet or a Western diet enriched with this spice. Rats who received the Curcumin-enriched diet had lower disease activity scores and less fat buildup in their livers. NAFLD affects about 30 percent of the population.
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- This study on the effect of Curcumin was carried out on 48 rats assigned to one of four groups.
- The rats in the prevention and treatment group for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) showed a lower score on disease activity.
- It was discovered that the antioxidants in Curcumin can improve oxidative stress.
“The latest research findings uncovered that this spice may have the potential to protect the liver from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and may even be a form of treatment.”