Does turmeric have an anti-inflammatory effect? A 2014 study found that patients who took curcumin for more than 4 weeks were pleased to see falling CRP levels. A high CRP value indicates chronic inflammatory processes in the body and is considered a harbinger and risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerosis.
A study from 2015 also showed the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin. 117 participants, all suffering from metabolic syndrome, had taken 1000 mg of curcumin plus 10 mg of piperine or a placebo preparation daily for 8 weeks. After the test phase, three inflammation markers had improved. The CRP values and also the malondialdehyde values fell, while the SOD values (measure of antioxidant effect) rose.
In another study on inflammation, the cytokine level was examined. Cytokines are messenger substances that are released during inflammatory processes and can promote the development of chronic metabolic diseases, especially if a metabolic syndrome already exists (high blood pressure, diabetes (precursor), overweight, high blood lipid levels). However, if the corresponding patients took 1000 mg curcumin daily, the cytokine levels sank within 8 weeks.
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