We recently added 37 studies to the Human Effect Matrix for curcumin. For this update, we focused on common health concerns such as depression, inflammation, osteoarthritis, blood lipids, blood pressure, and metabolic health.
It comes as no surprise that curcumin, with its potent anti-inflammatory effects, may improve depression and osteoarthritic pain. The benefits seem real, though they may be exaggerated (due to a potential for bias in many of the studies).
Regarding lipids and metabolic health, it appears that curcumin may cause a small reduction in blood sugar and LDL-C when they’re particularly elevated, though the effect on HbA1c (a biomarker of glucose metabolism) doesn’t seem very notable.
Unfortunately, there’s still very little research on cognitive outcomes in neurodegenerative diseases (though it should be noted that our page isn’t yet comprehensive in that respect). But stay tuned; curcumin is one of the most exciting supplements around, and the research, which has exploded in recent years, is becoming more and more interesting.