~ 062409 Test Your Curcumin IQ

The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Want to lose weight? Well, you could try exercising. Or, according to a new study, you could try consuming curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, a staple of some Asian diets.

Take our quiz about curcumin.

1. According to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Nutrition, curcumin could stall the spread of fat tissue in what way:

  1. inhibiting new blood vessel growth
  2. increasing adrenalin levels
  3. decreasing glycogen stores


2. The study was performed on which group:

  1. rats
  2. mice
  3. rabbits


3. True or false: The curcumin-ingesting group also had lower levels of blood glucose, triglyceride, fatty acid, cholesterol and liver fat.

4. In addition to being an ingredient in curry powder and being used as a coloring agent in other dishes, curcumin has been found in which nonfood group:

  1. floor wax
  2. cosmetics
  3. printing ink


5. In addition to its weight-loss property, curcumin has been shown in studies to help ease the symptoms of which condition:

  1. attention-deficit
  2. epilepsy
  3. Crohn's


ANSWERS: 1:a; 2:b; 3:true; 4:b; 5:c

Sources: www.ars.usda.gov; www.food-info.net; www.advance-health.com.
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