A combination of turmeric with omega 3 fat could help in preventing or delaying Diabetes Type 2 and its onset, says a research team led by Professor Manohar Garg from Nutraceuticals at Newcastle University.

The researchers believe that a compound found in turmeric known as curcumin, when combined with omega 3 fat, could potentially prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Curcumin, which is also used for food coloration, is a member of the ginger family.

Professor Garg noted, “Systemic inflammation is one of the main causes of Diabetes Type 2 and this impacts insulin function and secretion.” He added that: “We want to nip the inflammation in the bud. This study refers to the use of two bioactive compounds found in food…curcumin and the omega-3 fat. Both are vital anti-inflammatory agents.”

The diabetes treatment involved the use of turmeric and was tested on four divided groups of human volunteers. The first group was given curcumin without any omega 3 fat, the second group received the omega 3 fats without any curcumin and the third group was given both curcumin and the omega 3 fat. The fourth group was used as the control.

Participants in the study were people who were between the ages of 30 and 70 and were diabetes prone and either had impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. All of the participants were given 200g of curcumin capsules and one gram of omega 3 fat.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in India, for curing inflammation, bruises, sprains and wounds. The spice has abundant medicinal value and is often ignored due to the westernisation of food. This has resulted in an increase of Diabetes Type 2 cases throughout the country.

The anti-inflammatory mechanisms around curcumin and omega-3 fats are also different, according to Garg and there is a need to test them to see if they complement each other and to determine the treatment synergies beyond their individual effects. The thinking behind this is that when used in combination, the curcumin and omega-3 fat will be as effective as drugs for managing diabetes.

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Source: China Topix