The Effect of Curcumin on some of Traditional and Non-traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Pilot Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial

Document Type: Research article


1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Pharmacodynamy & Toxicology, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad ,Iran.

3 Tehran Heart Center, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


The Effect of Curcumin on Some of Traditional and Non-Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Pilot Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Numerous interventional studies in clinical and preclinical setting stated that intake of curcumin may provide protection against cardiovascular disease. The aim of this trial was investigation of curcumin efficiency on some cardiovascular risk factors in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). A total of 33 patients with CAD who fulfilled inclusion and exclusion criteria were entered the study. Patients randomly assigned to receive curcumin or placebo, 500 mg capsules, four times daily for 8 weeks. Lipid profile, blood glucose and high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were analyzed at baseline and two month after treatment. Serum levels of triglycerides (P=0.01), LDL-cholesterol (P=0.03) and VLDL-cholesterol (P=0.04) significantly decreased in curcumin group compared to baseline, without significant changes in total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, blood glucose and hs-CRP levels. In all mentioned laboratory parameters, significant difference was not detected between curcumin and placebo. Although curcumin improved some of lipid profile components, it did not show appreciable effect on inflammatory markers in patients with CAD. Therefore, more detail assessment of metabolic effects or anti-inflammatory activities of curcumin need to perform by extensive human study.


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