Anti-Oxidant Effects of Highly Bioavailable Curcumin Powder in High-Fat Diet Fed- and Streptozotocin-Induced Type 2 Diabetic Rats

Paik, Jean Kyung;Yeo, Hee Kyung;Yun, Jee Hye;Park, Hyun-Ji;Jang, Se-Eun

  • Received : 2019.03.25
  • Accepted : 2019.04.12
  • Published : 2019.04.30


Curcumin is a hydrophobic polyphenol extracted from turmeric that exhibits a variety of biological functions has albeit with limited efficacy as a functional food material owing to its low absorption when administered orally. The newly developed curcumin powder formulation exhibits improved absorption rate in vivo. This study evaluates the anti-oxidant effects of $Theracurmin^{(R)}$ (TC), which is highly bio-available in curcumin powder. The antioxidant activity of TC was investigated using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging activity, ferrous reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assays, NO radical, superoxide radical, $H_2O_2$ scavenging activity, and total antioxidant capacity (TAC). Additionally, we evaluated the antioxidant activity of TC in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed streptozotocin (STZ)-induced Type 2 diabetic rats. As a result of oral administration of TC for 13 weeks in type 2 diabetic rats, the group administration of 2,000 mg/kg significantly increased FRAP, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and reduced the level of glutathione (GSH) in liver tissue 1.9, 1.2, and 1.2-times, respectively. Furthermore, serum TAC levels increased by 1.3-fold after the rats were administered with a dose of 500 mg/kg. These results were consistent with the in vitro assay results. In conclusion, TC exhibited its potential as a functional food material through its antioxidant properties.


curcumin;theracurmin;antioxidant activity;high-fat diet;streptozotocin