In vitro inhibition of lipid peroxidation in fish by turmeric (Curcuma longa).

The beneficial effects of ∈-3 fatty acids on human health have been well documented. Fish and fish oils are the richest sources of ∈-3 fatty acids. However, due to their high degree of unsaturation, they are highly susceptible to lipid peroxidation. Regular consumption of peroxidised oils may represent a risk factor for the induction and development of atherosclerosis. In view of the above reports, it was considered necessary to study the effects of tumeric on fish lipid peroxidation during standard cooking practices and on time-dependent changes in the peroxidation of fish homogenate. The antioxidant effect of α-tocopherol was also studied to confirm the relevance of the study. The results suggest that turmeric may be considered as a safe, cheap and readily usable antioxidant for food preparations.
AuthorsHilda Priya D'Souza, H Ramachandra Prabhu
JournalIndian journal of clinical biochemistry : IJCB (Indian J Clin Biochem) Vol. 21 Issue 2 Pg. 138-41 (Sep 2006) ISSN: 0970-1915 [Print] India
PMID23105631 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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