Curcumin | Curcuma longa

Turmeric is a spice drawing interest from both the scientific and the culinary world. Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family. The medicinal properties of turmeric, the source of curcumin, have been known for thousands of years; however, the ability to determine the exact mechanisms of action and to determine the bioactive components have only recently been investigated.

Curcumin, also called diferuloylmethane, is the main natural polyphenol found in the rhizome of Curcuma longa (turmeric) and in others Curcuma spp. Curcuma longa has been traditionally used in Asian countries as a medical herb due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties.

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Curcumin has been shown to target multiple signaling molecules while also demonstrating activity at the cellular level, which has helped to support its multiple health benefits. It benefits inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, pain, and helps in the management of inflammatory and degenerative eye conditions. It also benefits the kidneys.

While there appear to be countless therapeutic benefits to curcumin supplementation, most of these benefits are due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.


Growing evidence shows that an active component of turmeric, curcumin, may be used medically to treat a variety of dermatologic diseases.

(1) Susan J. Hewlings1,2,* and Douglas S. Kalman3,4 | Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

(2) Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal | Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/

(3) Vaughn AR1, Branum A2, Sivamani RK3 | Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27213821

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