Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 261–267 | Cite as

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) whole powder reduces accumulation of visceral fat mass and increases hepatic oxidative stress in rats fed a high-fat diet

  • Chi-Ho Lee
  • Ah-Young Kim
  • Chang-Won Pyun
  • Michihiro Fukushima
  • Kyu-Ho Han
Research Article


Turmeric powder (TP) containing approximately 5.15% curcumin was evaluated for reduction of development of high-fat diet-induced obesity. Rats were fed a 30% fat diet containing 5, 10, and 20 g of TP/100 g of diet (TP-5, TP-10, and TP-20 groups) for 30 days. Body weight gain, energy intake, and the visceral fat mass for the TP-10 and TP-20 groups were lower than for the control group. Serum triglyceride and hepatic total lipid levels for the TP-10 and TP-20 groups were lower than for the control group. The hepatic glutathione concentration and the glutathione-S-transferase activity for all TP groups, and the thiobarbituric acid reactive substances level for the TP-20 group, were higher than for the control group. A high dose of turmeric powder apparently reduces development of high-fat diet-induced obesity, but also causes the adverse effect of increasing oxidative stress in rats.


curcumin food intake high-fat diet obesity turmeric 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chi-Ho Lee
    • 1
  • Ah-Young Kim
    • 1
  • Chang-Won Pyun
    • 1
  • Michihiro Fukushima
    • 2
  • Kyu-Ho Han
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and Biotechnology of Animal ResourcesKonkuk UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Food ScienceObihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary MedicineObihiro, HokkaidoJapan

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