Curcumin has gained moderate attention in the medical research field over the past 10-15 years due to its recognized anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce pain and slow the degenerative process. Curcumin has also been found to possess potent anti-cancer properties and has gained attention as a possible “chemopreventative” type of agent when consumed on a daily basis as a supplement or as part of the diet.
Curcumin is the active component of the more recognized herb Turmeric, used in Ayurvedic and Chinese cultures for centuries to treat human ailments ranging from skin problems to digestive upset to arthritis and even cancer support.
The raw herb Turmeric is estimated to contain only 2-4% curcumin by weight; to obtain optimal levels of curcumin in the diet, one would have to consume a moderate amount. Most supplements utilize a 95% curcumin extract, which allows for adequate dosing and concentration of the active component.
Areas of interest for Curcumin include osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, asthma-type conditions and various ocular conditions.
Curcumin has a bright yellowish-orange color and has been used as a dye or pigment in the clothing and cosmetic industries.