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The use of an anti-inflammatory supplement in patients with chronic kidney disease

Jennifer J. Moreillon
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  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, United States
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/ Rodney G. Bowden
  • Professor of Health Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Baylor University, Waco, Texas USA
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/ Erika Deike
  • Texas Lutheran University, Austin, Texas USA
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/ Jackson Griggs
  • Family Health Center
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/ Ron Wilson
  • Brazos, Kidney Disease Center
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/ Brian Shelmadine
  • Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA 91766, United States
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/ Matt Cooke
  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
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/ Alexander Beaujean
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, United States
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Published Online: 2013-07-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2012-0011


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by a continuous reduction in kidney function, increased inflammation, and reduced antioxidant capacity. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of a herbal supplement on systemic inflammation and antioxidant status in non-dialysis CKD patients. Sixteen patients with CKD (56.0±16.0 yrs, 171.4±11.9 cm, 99.3±20.2 kg) were randomly chosen to receive a herbal supplement composed of Curcuma longa and Boswellia serrata, or placebo. Plasma levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured at baseline and 8 weeks. Baseline data demonstrated elevated inflammation and low antioxidant levels. A significant time effect (p=0.03) and time x compliance interaction effect (p=0.04) were observed for IL-6. No significant differences were observed for any other variables. This study demonstrates that mild and moderate CKD is associated with chronic inflammation and low antioxidant activity. Systemic inflammation and impaired antioxidant status may be greater in CKD populations with multiple comorbidities. Curcumin and Boswellia serrata are safe and tolerable and helped to improve the levels of an inflammatory cytokine.

Keywords: chronic kidney disease,; curcumin,; Boswellia serrata,; alternative medicine


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Received: 2011-09-07

Accepted: 2012-05-17

Published Online: 2013-07-01

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, ISSN (Print) 2194-6329, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2012-0011. Export Citation

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