June 2022

Turmeric for Liver Health?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects about 24% of adults in the US. It’s most common in people who are overweight or obese. Up to 75% of people who are overweight have NAFLD. This growing prevalence has increased interest in different treatment options, including certain natural medicines. Turmeric is one to keep an eye on.

Clinical research shows that taking curcumin, the active chemical in turmeric, can reduce liver enzyme levels and might reduce NAFLD severity and fat deposition in the liver. It also reduces body mass index (BMI) and improves glycemic parameters and lipid levels.

If patients ask about using turmeric for NAFLD, tell them that research is promising and it’s usually well-tolerated, but it’s still not clear which form or dose of turmeric works best. Check out our monograph to learn more.

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