Research Article - Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology (2022) Volume 7, Issue 1
The association between curcumin and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Background: Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric known to have several benefits in women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Objective: In this systematic review, we aim to provide a brief review of the existing literature on the association between curcumin and PCOS.
Methods: Available published papers relevant to the topic were obtained through extensive search using major databases. Inclusion criteria included studies that investigated PCOS and turmeric/curcumin. Exclusion criteria included studies that investigated curcumin and other gynecological disorders, infertility, rodent studies, and any investigations that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for PCOS.
Results: We found a total of 14 articles and only five studies were incorporated based on our exclusion criteria. The main findings were that curcumin supplementation can aid in improvements in lipid and glycemic profile, along with weight reductions and lower androgen levels.
Conclusion: Curcumin supplementation is beneficial for women with PCOS and offers good cholesterol and glycemic improvement along with weight reduction. However, further research is required to investigate the interaction between curcumin and ovulation/reproduction and hyperandrogenism.Author(s): Kirthika Venkatesan, Nisha Nigil Haroon