The Efficacy of the Novel Bioavailable Curcumin (Cureit) in the Management of Sarcopenia in Healthy Elderly Subjects: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Study

J Med Food. 2021 Jan;24(1):40-49. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2020.4778. Epub 2020 Dec 7.


Sarcopenia represents the progressive loss of skeletal muscles, which occurs as a result of aging. Plant-derived phytochemicals have the potential ability to manage sarcopenial conditions. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study involving thirty subjects evaluated the efficacy of Cureit™ supplementation in the management of sarcopenial conditions by measuring the variables, such as hand grip strength, weight lift strength, time/distance before feeling tired after cycling, walking and climbing stairs, and Karnofsky performance scale index along with effects on general fitness, such as protein, urea, oxidative stress, and hematology parameters. The results showed that Cureit supplementation resulted in a significant increase of 1.43% (P < .001) in the handgrip strength compared with placebo. The weight-lifting capacity of subjects supplemented with Cureit showed an increase of 6.08%, whereas placebo showed a 4.54% decrease after the end of the study period. The results demonstrated that the Cureit tended to have a positive impact on distance covered before feeling tired as shown by an increase (P = .09) of 5.51%, compared with placebo group, which showed an increase of 2.29%. The time taken to walk the same distance was reduced in the Cureit group (1.15%), whereas in the placebo group, it was increased (2.02%). Cureit plays a significant role in the management of sarcopenia by anti-inflammatory action, increased hand grip strength, antifatigue effects, and muscle protein management. Clinical Trials Registry-India registration no. CTRI/2018/05/014176.

Keywords: Cureit; complete natural turmeric matrix; hand grip strength; sarcopenia; weight lift strength.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Curcumin / pharmacokinetics
  • Curcumin / therapeutic use*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Fatigue
  • Hand Strength
  • Humans
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology
  • Sarcopenia* / drug therapy


  • Curcumin