In a study with the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, curcumin and how it affects diabetes was investigated.
The study noted: “The active component of turmeric, curcumin, has caught attention as a potential treatment for diabetes and its complications primarily because it is a relatively safe and inexpensive drug that reduces glycemia and hyperlipidaemia in rodent models of diabetes.
“The spice turmeric, which is derived from the root of the plant Curcuma longa, has been described as a treatment for diabetes in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
“Recent research has provided the scientific basis for “traditional” curcumin and confirmed the important role of curcumin in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its associated disorders. Curcumin could favourably affect most of the leading aspects of diabetes, including insulin resistance, hyperglycaemia, hyperlipidaemia, and islet apoptosis and necrosis.”