Turmeric Effective for Reducing Excess Proteins and Key Hormones Associated with Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetics
By Jason Jensen, NMD.
According to a clinical trial at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, turmeric has been shown to decrease the severity of diabetic neuropathy by reducing proteinuria, interleukin-8 and by suppressing transformative growth hormones.
Diabetic nephropathy, also known as Kimmelstiel-Wilson syndrome, is a progressive kidney disease that damages capillaries in the kidneys. It is a prime indicator for dialysis treatment.
The clinical trial, published in the journal Urology and Nephrology in May 2011, was made up of 40 patients divided equally into two groups: a trial group and a control group. Both groups received 1 capsule of turmeric 3 times daily with meals for 2 months. Patients in the trial group received capsules containing 500 mg of turmeric, 22.1 mg of which were the active ingredient curcumin. The control groups' capsules were identical in color and size to the trial groups' but contained only starch. Transformative growth hormone, interleukin-8, and urinary protein excretion decreased significantly when pre and post-turmeric supplementation values were compared. No adverse effects related to turmeric were noted during the trial.
Transformative growth hormone plays a crucial a role in healthy tissue regeneration, cell differentiation, embryonic development and regulation of the immune system. However, uncontrolled transformative growth hormone suppresses the immune system, promoting the growth of tumor blood supplies.
"Interleukin-8 can cause recruitment of inflammatory cells making it a key factor for localized inflammation."
It was concluded that short-term turmeric supplementation can reduce excess protein, transformative growth factors, and interleukin-8 in type 2 diabetes patients with diabetic nephropathy, and that it can be administered as a safe additional therapy.
Jason Jensen is a licensed naturopathic medical physician in the state of Arizona.
Kidney Health Topics Type 2 Diabetes nutritional support and prevention.