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Curcumin (Turmeric)

Curcumin (/ˈkərkjuːmən/, diferuloylmethane) is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring and food coloring. As a food additive, its E number is E100.

It was isolated in 1815 when Vogel and Pelletier reported the isolation of a “yellow coloring-matter” from the rhizomes of turmeric and named it curcumin. Although curcumin has been used historically in Ayurvedic medicine, its potential medicinal properties remain unproven and are an area of active investigation

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Ayurvedic Medicine
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In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties including strengthening the overall energy of the body, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis.

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Turmeric appears in some of the earliest known records of plants in medicine. It was reportedly listed in the Ebers Papyrus from Egypt, circa 1500 BC, for use as a dye and in healing wounds. This is one of the earliest surviving records of medicinal plant use. It is believed to have been cultivated in the Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, possibly as early as the 8th century BC.

Closer to its origin, Turmeric was an important herb in Unani medicine and was listed in an Ayurvedic compendium text around 250 BC.

Some four centuries later it was included in what is considered to be the world’s first pharmacopoeia, the Tang Materia Medica, compiled in China around in 659 AD.

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Curcumin (Turmeric) Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Fatigue Musculoskeletal outcome
Fatigue
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Chronic kidney disease  Urinary outcome

Strong Decrease

Needs research

Oxidative stress Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Pain Sensory outcome
Pain
Sensory

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Kidney Damage (Proteinuria) Urinary outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Inflammation Lymphatic outcome
Inflammation
Lymphatic

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Pressure ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

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