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A yellow pigment from roots and pods of Curcuma longa; used to treat liver and bile ailments; found in curry powder; used as an indicator; inhibits 5-lipoxygenase.
Synonym(s): turmeric yellow


A phytochemical found in turmeric and other species in the genus Curcuma that is used in alternative medicine and is purported to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.


A chemical extract from the food spice turmeric, which has been anecdotally reported to have antiretroviral activity, allegedly by inhibiting critical steps in viral replication.

curcumin (kur·kyōō·min),

n an extract obtained from turmeric. Used as an antioxidant, chemoprotective, and antiinflammatory and in the treatment of dyspepsia and hyperlipidemia. See also turmeric.
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Table 1 Pharmacokinetic parameters of diclofenac after single oral dose of 10 mg/kg alone or in the presence of curcumin at 31 mg/kg orally in rat.
One study examined the effect of curcumin -which gives the curry spice turmeric its bright yellow colour - on disease in mice while a second looked at the effects of smoking and hair dye use among humans.
A group of engineered mice were given curcumin in their diet for four and eight weeks and were compared to engineered counterparts who had an otherwise normal diet.
Mice fed curcumin - found in turmeric in curries - had less liver damage than those on a normal diet, researchers in the US and Austria said.
Tests in Austria showed curcumin significantly reduced bile duct blockage and liver cell damage and inflammation in mice.
Being fed curcumin led to fewer blockages of the bile duct and less damage
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In the last 10 years, so much research has been done that we have all begun to realize the potential for using these compounds, not just as herbal supplements but also for minimizing the use of conventional drugs by combining them with curcumin or herbs in order to wean people off of conventional drugs.
If the rats were given the drugs indomethacin, celecoxib and capsazepine this significantly reduced the effects of the curcumin.
A DRUG based on curcumin -- a chemical found in turmeric -- can help regenerate brain cells after stroke, scientists reported on Wednesday.
The amount of Meriva they gave to the participants was comparable to 200 mg of curcumin daily.