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More muscles in old age thanks to curcumin supplementation
The rats in the experimental group received feed to which the researchers had added curcumin. If the rats had been humans, they would have received 150 milligrams of curcumin daily. [CUR]
Curcumin has a bitter taste. Therefore, the rats in the experimental group ate less food than the rats in the control group. That is why the researchers gave rats in a third group as much feed as the animals in the curcumin group had eaten - but without curcumin. [PAIR]
Below you see how curcumin may muscle mass against aging-related decay. In the muscles of the rats in the curcumin group, the Nrf-2 gene was more active. NRF-2 switches on a wide range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules.
Because of inflammation and oxidants, aging muscle cells easily break down muscle proteins. In the muscle tissue of the rats given curcumin, the researchers found less of those damaged proteins.
"The ability of curcumin feeding to result in greater mass and function during a food-restricted state shows its potential relevance to particular conditions, such as those leading to cachexia."
"Future work should expand upon the findings and continue to determine the efficacy of curviline on muscle mass and function by employing different populations and modes of administration."