Reuters reports a new study published in Clinical Nutrition which found that adding curcumin into the diets of patients at risk for heart disease may lower inflammation levels. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and has been used for a long time in Asian countries due to its medicinal properties which, until now, have only been revealed in animal studies. More than one hundred metabolic syndrome patients were enrolled in the study, and half of them were given pills containing a gram of curcumin powder while the other half received a placebo pill. The participants took the pills everyday for eight weeks. Those who took the curcumin pills showed improved blood levels for biomarkers that indicate inflammation levels.