Monday, 18 March 2019

Turmeric, the Natural Treatment for Hyperlipidemia with No Side Effects

By Kyle J. Norton

Hyperlipidemia is a chronic condition of abnormally high levels of any or all lipoproteins in the bloodstream, including cholesterol and triglycerides.

The condition is normally known as high blood cholesterol in the general population.

People with hyperlipidemia are asymptomatic. Over time, the fat collection in the arteries accompanied by calcium or other substances form plague, leading to narrowing arteries and reduced function of the arteries to transport oxygen-rich blood to the parts of the body.

According to the statistics provided by the CDC, in 2015–2016, more than 12% of adults age 20 and older had total cholesterol higher than 240 mg/dL, and more than 18% had high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol levels less than 40 mg/dL.

Believe it or not, about half of the U.S. adults (55%, or 43 million) are currently taking medicine associated with lower blood cholesterol. 

There are many risk factors that cause the onset of hyperlipidemia, such as people with diabetes, being overweight gain, physical activity, and smoking.

Some researchers suggested the promotion of high-fat diet over past decades may be one of the silent cause of the hyperlipidemia in the Western world.

Dr. Charles Desmarchelier in the examined the risk of high blood cholesterol in a high-fat diet model said, "Mice on Western diet showed increased plasma cholesterol levels, associated with the higher dietary cholesterol supply, yet, significantly reduced cholesterol levels were found in intestine and liver".

And, "(The) intestine and liver react to a high dietary fat intake by activation of de novo cholesterol synthesis and other cholesterol-saving mechanisms, as well as with major changes in phospholipid metabolism, to accommodate to the fat load'.

Turmeric is a perennial plant in the genus Curcuma, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to tropical South Asia.

The herb has been used in traditional medicine as anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, antiseptic, wound healing agent, and to treat flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss, ulcers, eczema, inflammations, etc.

With an aim to find a natural ingredient for the treatment of hyperlipidemia, researchers investigated the effects of curcumin on hyperlipidemia and hepatic steatosis in high-fructose-fed Wistar rats.

The study included 40 male Wistar rats divided into four groups with 10 rats in each. Two groups were fed with standard rodent diet and the other two with 60% high-fructose diet for 10 weeks. Curcumin (200 mg/kg body weight) was administered along with the diets simultaneously to each of the aforementioned diet groups. 

After 10 weeks of the experiment, researchers found that curcumin decreased the levels of hyperlipidemia observed by reducing body weight, liver weight, adipose weight.

The plasma levels of triglyceride by inhibited the proteins associated with fat cell fat metabolism, lipid ratios and increased HDL-C (28.4 ± 4.5 mg/dL) in fructose-fed rats were also lower by the injection of curcumin.

Furthermore, curcumin also suppressed the lipogenic enzymes involved in regulating lipogenesis in fat cells.

Taken altogether, turmeric processed a high amount of curcumin may be used for the prevention and treatment of hyperlipidemia, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

Intake of turmeric in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Curcumin inhibits hyperlipidemia and hepatic fat accumulation in high-fructose-fed male Wistar rats by Maithilikarpagaselvi N1, Sridhar MG1, Swaminathan RP2, Sripradha R1, Badhe B. (PubMed)
(2) Highly bioavailable micellar curcuminoids accumulate in blood, are safe and do not reduce blood lipids and inflammation markers in moderately hyperlipidemic individuals by Kocher A1, Bohnert L1, Schiborr C1, Frank J, (PubMed)
(3) C57Bl/6 N mice on a western diet display reduced intestinal and hepatic cholesterol levels despite a plasma hypercholesterolemia by Charles Desmarchelier,1 Christoph Dahlhoff,1,2 Sylvia Keller,3 Manuela Sailer,1Gerhard Jahreis,3 and Hannelore Daniel. (PMC)