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What is Curcumin


What is Curcumin and its benefits

By Veena Deo

What is Curcumin? This article talks about Curcumin the rhizome extract of Turmeric, its composition and some of the benefits offered by this well know herb.

Why is this herb so popular? Why are the world and the medical community are so interested behind this Yellow powder? Why the US National Institute of health (NIH.Gov) is conducting so many studies on this herb? What can this really do for people? In this article one will find many answers for the above questions.

Curcumin is the active ingredient or extract of a ginger looking rhizome, called Turmeric or Curcuma longa, many times referred at Turmeric Curcumin. It belongs to ginger family and it is one of the latest discoveries in organic cures for many health conditions. Turmeric contains several coloring matters, known as Curcuminoids which are natural phenols responsible for its yellow color. The principal Curcuminoids among these phenols is Curcumin.

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What are some documented benefits of Curcumin?

Turmeric Curcumin can act in various ways in the body like anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-cholesterol agent. The biosynthetic route of Curcumin has proven difficult to establish. The active compound, Curcumin, has been isolated from the yellow coloring matter and its pharmacology has been worked out by Srimal and Dhanwan (1973). The presence of Curcumin in alcoholic and water extract of rhizome of Turmeric may also be responsible for the anti-inflammatory activity. It has been reported that the alcohol extract and essential oil from Curcuma longa showed bactericidal activity whereas Curcumin reacted as a bacteriostatic agent with respect to staphylococci.

Recent research at university of California Los Angeles has demonstrated possible role of Curcumin in treating Alzheimer’s disease and lowering person’s risk of developing the disease.

Turmeric and Curcumin fed hens on an experimental diet for 8 weeks, in presence or absence of dietary cholesterol, were observed for egg production as well as the weight of eggs. No reduction of fat was observed but the cholesterol level declined showing hypocholestermic effect of the fractions.

Study on the anticancer activity of ethanolic Curcumin extract. Ref: Jasim Hilo Naama, Ali Al – Temini and Ahmed A. Husain A1 Amiery; Biotechnology Division, Department of Applied science University of Technology Kerala, India. This study concluded based on the reported results, that pure Curcumin and the crude ethanolic extract have great potential in the prevention and cure of certain type of cancers.

So, what is Curcumin? In conclusion one can say that this is a golden herb that can do wonders for the human body. As mentioned above the NIH of USA is conducting many studies on the benefits of Curcumin. For more details one may visit that site.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on herbal supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com.

 

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