Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Curcumin (from Turmeric)

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Curcumin (from Turmeric)

Curcuminoids are phytonutrients from turmeric that are responsible for the brilliant orange color of this culinary and medicinal spice. They have tremendous antioxidant properties and have been used for centuries as components of liver-supportive formulas in the Ayurvedic tradition. Several studies, performed in the laboratory and in living organisms, confirm the ability of curcumin to protect the liver against damage caused by hepatotoxic chemicals.18 It seems that curcumin has the ability to upregulate the function of several antioxidant enzymes, which facilitate protection of liver cells against free radical damage. Studies also show that curcumin activates the essential detoxifying enzyme glutathoine-s-transferase, which facilitates phase II detoxification activities, including conjugation of several chemical compounds with glutathione, leading to their elimination from the body.19 Being a powerful antioxidant stimulator, curcumin is a useful compound for liver health and function.

Supporting liver function by eating right, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco smoke, and providing it the critical nutrients and cofactors it needs to keep functioning at a high level can ensure that it will give you its best effort in keeping you healthy and fit.

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References:
18. Farombi EO, Shrotriya S, Na HK, Kim SH, Surh YJ. Curcumin attenuates dimethylnitrosamine-induced liver injury in rats through Nrf2-mediated induction of heme oxygenase-1. Food Chem Toxicol 2008;46(4):1279-87.
19. Nishinaka T, Ichijo Y, Ito M, Kimura M, Katsuyama M, Iwata K, Miura T, Terada T, Yabe-Nishimura C. Curcumin activates human glutathione S-transferase P1 expression through antioxidant response element. Toxicol Lett. 2007;170(3):238-47.


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