Turmeric is one of the few spices that is extensively studied for its health benefits. Thousands of studies have examined turmeric, specifically its chief component curcumin, to determine how beneficial it can be in treating diseases. Diabetes is a disease that has shown time and time again to be positively impacted by turmeric supplementation. Let’s look at all the ways turmeric can be helpful in managing, and even preventing, diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes Type 2 has become prevalent in modern society. Over 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, 95% of that being Type 2. The number has tripled over the last 20 years as the obesity crisis emerged. Diabetes affects all the major systems in the body, especially the heart, kidneys, liver, and brain. It is a treatable, and in many cases, reversible condition.
According to the CDC, “Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.” Our body turns much of the food we eat into glucose for energy. The pancreas, in turn, makes insulin which ferries glucose into our cells. When you have diabetes, the body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't utilize it the way it should. This is what causes sugar to build up in the blood and leads to diabetes.
Turmeric Reduces and Controls Blood Sugar
One of the major ways turmeric treats diabetes is by controlling blood sugar in record time. Research has shown that Type 2 diabetes patients experienced instances of lower blood sugar after just ten days of taking curcumin. Curcumin activates something called the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activator Receptor (PPAR), which is an accumulation of key nuclear proteins that moderate sugar uptake and utilization in the bloodstream. Curcumin also reduces the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Another study showed that not only did curcumin reduce blood sugar levels, but it also improved insulin sensitivity. This resulted in less serum free fatty acids (which increase insulin resistance) and triglycerides. In this study, 100 overweight subjects who had Type 2 diabetes were split into treatment and control groups. The treatment group was given supplements containing curcumin. After three months, the treatment group decreased fasting blood sugar levels and levels of insulin resistance.
Turmeric Reduces Inflammation
It’s widely known that turmeric reduces inflammation, but how does that help those with diabetes? Curcumin suppressed the activities of macrophages, the white blood cells that cause inflammation. By suppressing them, it helps stop pancreatic cell death and keeps insulin malfunction at bay.
Turmeric Improves Insulin Function
Insulin malfunction makes diabetes worse, even deadly. Curcumin actually reduces insulin resistance by helping insulin reach cells to carry out its natural function. It increases the insulin receptor function by increasing its ability to bind to sugar efficiently.
Turmeric Reduces Liver Fat
Fatty liver disease has shown to cause a role in developing Type 2 diabetes. If you already have Type 2 diabetes, fat in the liver can make it worse. The liver plays an important role in regulating the body’s blood sugar. Once you consume food, it’s the liver that converts glucose into glycogen (the storage form of glucose). One study showed that curcumin prevented liver fat accumulation in rats, leading to reduced liver fat versus rats not taking curcumin. More human trials are however needed to confirm these findings.
Turmeric Also Decreases Complications Associated with Diabetes
Numerous studies have shown that the curcumin in turmeric not only aids in the treatment of diabetes but also the complications and diseases associated with diabetes. It has been shown to help in issues with diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy, as well as cardiovascular disease and liver disorders.
It’s also shown to play a critical role in reversing pancreatic damage in patients with diabetes by repairing the dysfunctional beta cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. Turmeric has also been linked to improvements in penile blood flow for men suffering from erectile dysfunction, a common complication of diabetes.
Turmeric May Prevent Diabetes
Some studies suggest that turmeric was efficient in delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those diagnosed with prediabetes. In a study out of Thailand, 240 people were either in a control group (116 people) receiving a placebo or the test group receiving 250 milligrams of curcuminoids. After nine months, 16% of the placebo group were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, while none of the treatment group had progressed.
Adding Turmeric to Your Daily Supplements
Curcumin is only a small part of the turmeric plant (roughly 3-6%). It can also be difficult to absorb. That’s why it’s important to find a supplement that delivers a healthy, potent dose of curcumin paired with a compound to increase absorption. Turmerical delivers an effective and safe dose of turmeric curcumin extract with Bioperine (black pepper extract) which enhances the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream.
Turmerical is not intended to be a replacement for your diabetes medication or diabetes care. We recommend consulting a doctor before adding supplementation or removing any medications from your current diabetes treatment plan.
By Team Turmerical