Extracts from turmeric may help manage blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, suggest data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from China.
Daily supplements of 300 mg of curcuminoids for three months was associated with improved glycemic control in 50 type-2 diabetics, compared to placebo, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research .
The potential benefits of the curcuminoids is linked to a reduction in levels of free fatty acids (FFAs), said researchers Harbin Medical University and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
FFAs are reported to play a key role in the development of insulin resistance, and therefore decreasing levels of FFAs could help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
“The dose of curcuminoids administered in the study cannot easily be achieved by simply incorporating more spice into meals. In addition, incorporating more curcuminoids will change the appearance and taste of food, and some people may not like the color or taste of curcuminoids.
“Therefore, we suggest that it is better to take curcuminoids as a supplement,” wrote the researchers.