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Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health

Elizabeth Renter
October 28th, 2012
Updated 10/31/2012 at 7:41 pm
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turmericonleaf 235x147 Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver HealthTurmeric, it gives curries their smoky, pungent taste and gorgeous yellow hue. But this root is far more than just tasty—it’s one of the most valuable plant-based medicines in existence. Research has connected turmeric to a variety of wonderful benefits, including and especially the promotion of liver health.

The Role of Turmeric in Restoring the Liver

According to a new study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand,  scientists there have found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated with the help of this yellow power-root.

Severe diabetics often suffer liver damage and disease as they progress. But, research indicates turmeric may be able to help.

“Fascinatingly, liver microvasculature in curcumin treated group developed into regenerate and repair into healthy and normal characteristics.” They concluded: “These results optimistically demonstrated the potential use of curcumin as a novel therapeutic agent in liver pathology of diabetic rats.”

What is it about turmeric that makes it so great? It’s the compound known as curcumin. And curcumin has long been connected to liver health. Numerous studies have linked it to effectively combating liver cancer and improving liver fibroids. What’s more, turmeric can uniquely assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. Turmeric is also notably responsible for improving the health of the gallbladder as well.

In relation to diabetes, there are countless studies, as shown in this chart from, that link curcumin and the treatment of diabetes-related problems. This includes the benefits of turmeric related to liver disease, kidney function, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, bone density, diabetes prevention, and diabetic neuropathies.

The list of benefits doesn’t stop there—turmeric has also been shown to be able to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Experts believe the lower incidence of this disease in Middle Eastern populations could be credited to the higher consumption of turmeric.

Melnoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, neck cancer, and of course liver cancer, may all be helped with turmeric. It can also, reportedly, make cells more vulnerable to cancer treatments.

It’s an anti-inflammatory as well. This property means curcumin can help with things like arthritis, eczema, allergies, digestive problems and skin issues. It’s an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial agent.

Reaping the benefits of turmeric and curcumin is simple: start eating it! Curries are a great way to get plenty of this super-root, and curries are very versatile. But, if Caribbean or Middle-Eastern cuisine isn’t your thing: add it to soups and sprinkle it on vegetables. For more on what this spice is capable of, check out some other awesome turmeric uses.

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  • Dorothy

    Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory,great for ulcers,sores and good for the skin and many other uses.

  • Sam Walker

    Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years and not in Middle East or Carribbean. That is why incidence of Alzheimer's, liver problems is far less in India than anywhere else in the world.

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  • mike

    Johnny,I've used turmeric for many years.I like Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon for good organic quality.

  • Dr. Brett

    Turmeric is literally one of the most powerful spices ever. I've been using it for years and recommend it to everyone I know.

    I've been using the turmeric you guys recommended (, the Natural Attitude one, and am very pleased. Giving it 5 stars out of 5.

    • Johnny

      I live in South africa and would like to know if you get different grades or quality of tumeric,and where would i iget the best genuine product.



      • Crawford

        New Chapter sells a high quality tumeric capsule, which I use every day in addition to using it in my cooking. Google "New Chapter supplements."

      • sam walker

        There is no need to buy all these chemically coated tablets. I have been consuming raw turmeric powder for the last twenty years (one teaspoon with water) on an empty stomach in the morning. Nothing like it. Turmeric contains curcumin. You can get raw turmeric (try organic, if not, even regular will do) powder in any Indian Grocery shop

  • Wim

    I'd love to find information about how to get a good absorption of turmeric. In curries and such the spice is roasted in oil. So probably it's absorbed best in combination with fat. Would be nice to know what exactly are really effective ways to take it.

    btw. also my compliments for this article and the website and FB articles!

    • Sandy Armstrong


      I believe it is quite important for the supplement to have Curcumin which is the active ingredient in Turmeric – otherwise the absorption is low. There are some pills that are good – check for those that have Curcumin C3 Complex. I have personally started using a liquid Curcumin extract called Curcumall and have recommended it to more than one person – all of them feel positive effect within a few weeks…I believe you may get it in Willner Chemists or online –

    • Klaatu

      Taking black pepper with turmeric makes your body absorb it tremendously.

    • Colleen

      I take 2 capsules daily of Turmeric extract Curcumin C3 Complex 1,160 tabs from

  • Michael

    I have found this to work well -

    I add black pepper. Read the comments after the recipe.

  • Waleed

    Thank you for this wonderful article. Is there any information on the amount of turmeric that a person needs to consume daily?

    Also, people in the Middle East don't eat curry that much (I've lived and traveled in the region). It's people from South Asian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and surrounding areas), Southeast Asian (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and surrounding countries), and the Japanese consume a large amount of it as well. It's also used in coloring rice around Central Asia.

    Thanks again. Love your website and facebook page :)