(Health-NewsWire.Net, January 02, 2015 ) Portland, Oregon -- An ancient spice known as turmeric has been used for thousands of years especially in India for cooking and medicinal purposes. Today, it is known to have a wide variety of health benefits. It is extremely popular, with many herbal companies using it as a major ingredient for supplements. Now, experts believe that turmeric may have favorable effects on liver health.
According to studies, turmeric can potentially prevent the increase in the blood cholesterol levels as well as reduce one's risk for fatty liver disease. The spice does this therapeutic activity by regulating the enzymes that are believed to be responsible for metabolizing cholesterol. This finding was based on a study that tested laboratory animals on a high-fat diet.
"Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin. This ingredient is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.
China Pharmaceuticals issued a study that reaffirms the ability of turmeric to inhibit the development of fatty liver models. According to Dr. P.N. Ravindran, author of the book "Turmeric", turmeric or curcumin supplements may have the ability to lower the biochemical changes caused by alcohol usage. This means that those who are highly susceptible to fatty liver disease from alcohol consumption may be able to take advantage of what the supplement can offer.
Fatty liver is a condition that is otherwise known as hepatic steatosis. It is common among individuals who drink alcohol heavily and also those who suffer from type 1 and type 2 diabetes. People with chronic viral infections and those who are taking medications to manage the immune system can also be susceptible to this condition.
Research showed that 38% of the population in North India are genetically predisposed to fatty liver disease. However, it was found that the number of individuals who suffer from the condition doesn't even reach 38%. Experts suspect that the use of curcumin in the Indian diet may have contributed to the reduction of the number of individuals suffering from ailments related to fatty liver disease.
Turmeric has continually been a subject of many studies and research. Many scientists and experts are attempting to explore more of the powerful therapeutic properties that the spice can offer. Studies are still being conducted to validate the claims associated with the health benefits that turmeric is believed to provide. However, an increasing number of people are using turmeric or curcumin supplements as a natural alternative for various ailments (www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Curcumin-Complex-BioPerine-Bio-availability/dp/B00JA4TLTI).
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