Curcumin improved liver function
The healthy liver has a certain amount of fat, but too much fat can cause inflammation and scarring, eventually disrupting liver function. In this study, 87 people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and scarring just beginning, took a placebo or 1,000 mg of curcumin per day.
After eight weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, the curcumin group had lower body mass index scores and smaller waist size. Those taking curcumin also had healthier lower levels of liver enzymes, which increased for placebo. An ultrasound scan revealed improved liver condition in 75 percent of those taking curcumin compared to less than 5 percent for placebo.
CoQ10 reduced post-operative inflammation
The most common kind of liver cancer in men and women over 50 typically comes from long term damage and scarring due to chronic inflammation, high levels of oxidative stress, excess alcohol, autoimmune disease, viral infection, or iron overload.
In the first study to promote antioxidant enzyme activity and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation after surgery, 41 people with liver cancer took a placebo or 300 mg of CoQ10 per day.
Twelve weeks after surgery, CoQ10 levels had increased five times more for CoQ10 compared to placebo. Oxidative stress levels decreased in the CoQ10 group while increasing for placebo. Levels of the inflammatory molecule, C-reactive protein, decreased a similar amount in both groups, but in another, interleukin-6, levels in the CoQ10 group were half that of placebo. The CoQ10 group also had greater increases in antioxidant capacity, especially the important antioxidant, superoxide dismutase (SOD).
Reference: Drug Research Stuttgart; 2017, Vol. 67, No. 4, 244-51
Natural Insights for Well Being October 2017
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