Turmeric (Curcuma longa, also known as tumeric or curcumin) is a spice commonly used in curries and other south Asian cooking. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders. Turmeric is also used to give a yellow color to some prepared mustards, canned chicken broth, and other foods (often as a much cheaper replacement for saffron), and is also used as a fabric dye.


... Because turmeric may not be well absorbed from the intestines, many animal and human studies used injected or intravenous forms of turmeric or chemicals derived from it. While they may be commercially available in other parts of the world, injectable forms of turmeric are not sold in the United States.

Turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, so it may be used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Inflammation is a body response to irritation, injury, or infection. It usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage and it can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. In recent studies, curcumin (also known as diferuloylmethane) – a chemical contained in turmeric – has been found to limit the activity of two enzymes, lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), that are involved in promoting and maintaining inflammation. By reducing the effects of these enzymes, curcumin may also reduce inflammation and the pain associated with it in conditions such as arthritis. Curcumin is also in very early stages of study for its possible use in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease because some researchers theorize a possible connection between inflammation in the brain and Alzheimer’s disease. ...

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