London: The Indian spice curcumin may slow down the progress of liver disease, a study has shown. The substance, which gives the spice turmeric its bright yellow colour, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.
The samples were looked at before and after adding curcumin to their diet for a period of four or eight weeks. Being fed curcumin led to fewer blockages of the bile duct and less damage to cells in the liver and scarring, the research found. No such effects were seen in mice fed a normal diet, reported telegraph.co.uk. IANS
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