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Curcumin, a substance in turmeric, may help to reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that it might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, like pain and inflammation. Other compounds in turmeric might also be medicinal. In lab tests, curcumin seems to block the growth of certain kinds of tumors. One study showed that turmeric extract containing curcumin could -- in some cases -- stabilize colorectal cancer that wasn't helped by other treatments. But more research is needed. Other preliminary lab studies suggest that curcumin or turmeric might protect against types of colitis, stomach ulcers, and high cholesterol. Based on studies, turmeric and curcumin might also help treat upset stomach, diabetes, depression, HIV, uveitis, and viral infections.

From: Turmeric (Curcumin) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 27, 2017

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