Curcumin And 8 Other Foods And Factors That May Lower Diabetes Risk

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-09-27 08:12:33 -0500
Started 2012-09-23 10:59:05 -0500

For some reason, I cannot post in the article section. I didn't want you guys to miss this, and so I am posting it here.

A curry compound could help to keep diabetes at bay among people most at risk, a small new study shows.

The research, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that people with prediabetes who took capsules containing curcumin — a compound found in the curry spice turmeric — were less likely to go on to develop Type 2 diabetes, compared with people who didn't take the curcumin capsules, Reuters reported.

"This study demonstrated that the curcumin intervention in a prediabetes population may be beneficial," Thai researchers wrote in the study.

Nearly 26 million adults have diabetes in the United States, while as many as 79 million adults are estimated to have prediabetes, according to the National Diabetes Education Program.

The study included 240 people who all had prediabetes. They were assigned to take either the curcumin capsules or a placebo for nine months. The researchers followed up with them after three, six and nine months.

At the end of the nine-month period, 16.4 percent of people who took the placebo developed Type 2 diabetes. However, no one in the group that took curcumin developed diabetes.

But still, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Constance Brown-Riggs, who is also a certified diabetes educator, told Reuters that she would continue to recommend a healthy diet and exercise to patients as a way to prevent diabetes.

This is certainly not the first time curcumin has been singled out for its health benefits. In 2008, a study published in the journal Endocrinology showed that mice were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes if they were given turmeric.

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14 replies

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-24 18:06:12 -0500 Report

Yes, Turneric does come in capsules w black pepper, the "helper" spice, but I just buy it in the spice aisle and add it to everything. Mustard is my favorite condiment, but I think you'd have to consume a lot of it to get the benefits of a single teaspoon of straight turmeric on food. Don't quote me on that tho.

I can't cook either. My slow cooker is my friend. ;)

Tony5657 2012-09-25 05:38:34 -0500 Report

OK Coach, for me it's back to the grocery store and my favorite "health" drug store. Gabby says she grinds her own tumeric in her post below, so I asked her some questions about that. By the way, I really like your web site. Thank you folks for the education! :o) Tony

awakening2health 2012-09-24 15:59:18 -0500 Report

turmeric (curcumin longa) is indeed highly medicinal but suffers from very poor absorbability. There are a varienty of ways to get around this, such as micronization. Much of what we know comes from Indian's consumption of curry, which protects them against many things - not just diabetes, but also Alzheimer's. Fortunatly, many of us love the tast of curry!

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-23 14:24:34 -0500 Report

Turmeric is a fantastic spice!! Not only does it lower blood sugar, it's an anti inflammatory, liver detox and so much more. What's important to note is the spice in capsule form isn't easily absorbed in the digestive track w o a "helper" spice such as black pepper.

Since I don't like curry, I mix it with other spices in salads, eggs, meat marinades etc. Im a coffee drinker so I add it to my coffee grounds w cinnamon, another really good spice for the body. I made the mistake of adding turmeric directly to my coffee. The spice is very bitter on its on IMO.

I love spices. This is one is becoming my new favorite next to cinnamon.

Thanks for sharing! =))

Tony5657 2012-09-24 06:24:51 -0500 Report

You prople are opening up new worlds to me. Thanks! So can I buy tumeric powder by itself? It seems that curry is a mixture of tumeric and other spices. You say tumeric in capsule form isn't easily absorbed in the digestive track without a "helper" spice. Does tumeric and some "helper" come combined in capsule form?

Does yellow mustard contain enough tumeric to do any good? I usually eat a teaspoon of yellow mustard with my salad. I use dill pickle juice for my salad dressing and combined with mustard, I love the taste.

I hope my post makes sense. I'm not much of a chef. I can boil eggs!! LOL

GabbyPA 2012-09-24 20:19:59 -0500 Report

Both mustard and pickles have turmeric. So even if you are not eating it in capsule form, you can keep eating it in your foods. Nick said you can make turmeric tea, but I have not tried it yet. I do try to add it to a lot of my foods, and now that I grind my own fresh, it really tastes good.

Tony5657 2012-09-25 05:29:09 -0500 Report

Gabby, I'd be interested in how you grind tumeric, in a blender, a cheese grader like thingy? I saw a picture in Diabetic Coach's website and tumeric looked like a fat root. Is it completely dry or moist inside. I know, so many questions … :o) Thanks for your patience…Tony

Tony5657 2012-09-25 16:20:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, this is what I needed to know. By the way, what do you mean by "infusion?" Remember, I'm a novice in all this. Now to find this "ugly" root locally. :o)