Curcumin may help lower inflammation from risk factors for heart disease
“Curcumin is the active ingredient of the famous spice turmeric and has a long history of culinary and medicinal use in the Asian countries,” said the study’s senior author Amirhossein Sahebkar.
“Two key effects of curcumin that account for most of the therapeutic effects of this compound are its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” said Sahebkar researcher at the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran, in an e-mail.
These properties of curcumin have been shown in several animal studies, he noted, but there have been relatively few studies in people. So his team designed a randomized controlled clinical trial to see if short-term use of a curcumin supplement could reduce inflammation in people with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors for heart disease.
Having a large waistline, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides, are among the factors that make up metabolic syndrome. People with three or more of these classic traits are at higher than average risk of developing heart disease or diabetes or both.
Desi superfoods available at your local groceryHaldi (aka turmeric) Commonly used in Indian cooking, this spice boasts a number of health benefits including diabetes control, arthritis relief and protection against certain liver diseases.
Alsi (aka flaxseed) Due to its content of omega 3 essential fatty acids, consuming one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily can help boost heart health. Its omega 3 content can also help reduce inflammation within the body. To reap the benefits of this superfood, be sure to consume flaxseeds in ground form rather than whole. Whereas whole flaxseed tends to get passed through the body, ground flaxseed is easier for the body to digest.
Nariyal Pani (aka Coconut water) Put down the sugar-filled energy drink and instead load up on coconut water for instant hydration. Especially as it is filled with potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, and calcium. Sipping on coconut water will help replenish electrolytes lost from your body during