Turmeric is a very common spice used in culinary preparations in Southeast Asia. It gives the distinct yellow color to curries. It is also available in form of supplements: drinks and capsules. It has been considered very helpful in Ayurveda and traditional medicine for its quick healing properties and its cosmetic benefits.
But not a lot of people know about its benefits for the liver:
Your liver is the largest and one of the most important organs inside your body, responsible for converting food to energy, cleaning toxins from your blood, and producing bile to promote digestion. Viruses, such as hepatitis, chronic alcohol consumption, oxidative stress, certain medications and drugs, as well as cancer can compromise your liver function. However, turmeric exerts positive effects on liver function.
D-galactosamine is a hepatotoxin that injures liver tissue and induces hepatitis. The study found that rats not treated with turmeric experienced a delay in 99m Tc-Mebrofeni excretion, but mice treated with turmeric excreted 99m Tc-Mebrofeni at a normal rate. This model suggests that turmeric may improve liver function by increasing detoxification ability.
3. Oxidative Stress
Studies indicate turmeric may help reduce free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules with an unpaired number of electrons that can damage your cells and tissues. An eight week study suggests turmeric and myrrh, separately and together, may protect against oxidative stress by improving glutathione production.
The use of herbs does not replace traditional medical treatment. It is important to consult your physician before taking turmeric as a supplement. Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels, and when combined with diabetes medications may induce hypoglycemia. You should not take turmeric if you are currently taking blood-sugar-lowering medications. Turmeric can also increase bile production, which can complicate your condition if you have gallstones or gallbladder disease.