London: Turmeric, long hailed by Indianmedics for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,can help delay liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis-- a chronic disease that leads to loss of liver function,European researchers have claimed.
They compared the results with that of the mice with thesame condition, but which were not fed with curcumin diet. The team observed that bile duct blockage were reducedsignificantly and liver cell (hepatocyte) damage and scarring(fibrosis) curbed in the rodents that were fed with curcumindiet. No such effects were, however, observed in mice fed anormal diet, said the research that appeared in the journalGut. The researchers believe that the curcumin interfered withseveral chemical signalling pathways involved in theinflammatory process and reduced their effect.
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. Scar tissue are formedin the liver because of an injury or a long-term disease. Itcan also be caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fattyliver disease. The condition can lead to kidney failure or liver cancerin severe cases. PTI