• Tian-yi Yuan
  • Guan-Hua DuEmail author


Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa). It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetic ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring. In China, curcumin is mainly used in food, while in Western countries, it has been regarded as a health-care product. Curcumin has been proved to have multiple pharmacological effects including anti-fibrosis, antitumor, anticancer effects, and so on. As its broad biological activities, it is applied in a lot of diseases such as hyperlipidemia, infection, and cancer. However, curcumin still needs research to confirm its effects and mechanisms and find its exact indications. There is still a long way to go to make curcumin better applied in clinical practice in the future.


Curcumin Food additives Wide application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Targets Identification and Drug ScreeningCentre for Pharmaceutical Screening, Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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