Further research has been published into the numerous health benefits of curcurmin – this time in regard to diabetes prevention.

A Thai clinical trial has found evidence that curcumin supplements may help to prevent diabetes in people at high risk. The trial, which was carried out by a team at Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok, Thailand, involved 240 Thai adults with prediabetes.

The participants were divided into two groups, with one taking curcumin capsules containing 250mg of curcuminoids, while the other was given a placebo. After a nine- month period, it was found that 19 individuals of the 116-person placebo group developed type 2 diabetes, while none of the participants of the 199-person curcumin group developed the disease.

The researchers wrote: “Because of its benefits and safety, we propose that curcumin extract may be used for an intervention therapy for the prediabetes population.” The results of the study were published in the journal Diabetes Care.