For this reason, many people take statins or other medications to lower their cholesterol levels. You may have also heard that curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric—can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. The question is: Does it really work? If so, how much should you take and how often? Does current research and study support this claim? In this article, we’ll discuss all these queries.