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Supplementation of curcumin shows improvement in bone density, says study

Tuesday May 30, 2017
Supplementation of curcumin shows improvement in bone density, says study

Researchers have made a new breakthrough in how curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, could help people with osteopenia, a chronic bone condition.

Osteopenia is associated with decreased bone density and calcification, which in worst case scenario, can lead to osteoporosis and elevated risk of fractures.


People with a low body mass index, menopausal women and the elderly, are commonly more susceptible to the condition. UK statistics are increasingly high, with a current three million people suffering with osteoporosis, and one in two women or one in five men likely to suffer a fracture a bone, over the age of 50[1].  


Turmeric, a popular Indian spice, has a long history of traditional medicinal use. Evidence supports an extensive list of health benefits associated with turmeric, including anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. 


But now studies have revealed that curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, could play an important role in targeting pathways that regulate the balance between bone production and break down.


Researchers from Genoa University discovered a 7% increase in bone density for osteopenia suffers who supplemented daily with curcumin during a six-month period. The study investigated the effects of supplementing with a daily dose of 1000mg of oral curcumin on 57 healthy individuals with low bone density, over six months.  Subjects from both the control and treatment groups were also given a healthy balanced diet plan, and an exercise program of at least 20 minutes four-times-a-week to follow.


This was the first human study to look in to the effects of curcumin on bone health, and results obtained were very promising. The published study showed a  significant increase in bone density was measured in subjects supplementing with the curcumin compared with control, and this was seen within the first few weeks[2].  

Proper nutrition could be the most important preventive method for osteopenia, and with advancing new evidence to suggest a beneficial effect for daily curcumin supplementation, quality of life could be improved.


Author: Katie Bell, MSc BSc. Katie is a nutritionist and biochemist. She is working as a Technical Service Assistant at Viridian Nutrition.



 [1] "The Osteoporosis Agenda England". National Osteoporosis Society. N.p., 2017. Web. 25 May 2017.

[2] Riva, A et al. "Effects of A Curcumin-Based Supplementation In Asymptomatic Subjects With Low Bone Density: A Preliminary 24-Week Supplement Study". European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 21 (2017): 1684-1689. Print.



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