Meta-analyses support curcumin’s weight management potential

Writing in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition​, scientists from Thailand report that curcumin supplementation was associated with reductions in BMI, body weight, and waist circumference in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), metabolic syndrome (MetS). 

The researchers believe that, “Curcumin supplementation should be an option for treating and managing these patients, additional to lifestyle modification.”

Over two-third of adults and almost one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the NIH.  Forty-five percent of Americans who are overweight and sixty-seven percent of those with obesity are trying to lose weight by adapting healthy dietary patterns, reducing caloric intake, and engaging in physical activity.  These lifestyle modifications can be difficult, so people turn to dietary supplements promoted for weight loss in hopes that these products will help them more easily achieve their weight loss goals.  

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The study adds to the ever-growing body of evidence supporting the potential health benefits of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and the curcuminoids it contains (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxy curcumin). The botanical has been reported to have a range of health benefits, including brain, cardiovascular, joint, and muscle health.

The category has enjoyed meteoric growth over the last decade. According to the 2021 Herb Market Report​ published by the American Botanical Council (HerbalGram 136), turmeric is the number two selling herb in the natural channel, with $37.99 million in sales. It is number five in the mass channel (MULO) with $111.66 million in sales.


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