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Turmeric (Curcuma longa): From a Variety of Traditional Medicinal Applications to its Novel Roles as Active Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Cancer and Anti-Diabetes

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Curcumin longa, which is commonly known as Turmeric, is an herbaceous perennial plant from the Curcuma genus that prospers in mainly Eastern Asia. Through a series of forms including powder and extract, the plant has been traditionally used to assist in inflammation and wound healing. Turmeric has been shown to alleviate the pain of inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, overall promoting the immune system response of acute inflammation for its therapeutic abilities and alleviating chronic inflammation. Not only has it been shown to assist in inflammation, but Turmeric has been shown to assist in preventing and battling cancer through its cytotoxic activities while boosting apoptosis to control the growth and distribution of cells. Along with these abilities, this plant assists with the pain and inflammation involved with diabetes. Turmeric is able to do this because of it being largely composed of a substance called Curcumin, a mixture of Turmeric oil and resin.


International Journal of Pharmacology, Phytochemistry and Ethnomedicine (Volume 1)
R. Hamidpour et al., "Turmeric (Curcuma longa): From a Variety of Traditional Medicinal Applications to its Novel Roles as Active Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Cancer and Anti-Diabetes", International Journal of Pharmacology, Phytochemistry and Ethnomedicine, Vol. 1, pp. 37-45, 2015
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