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Definition of Curcumin

Curcumin: Curcumin is derived from the Curcuma longa plant, commonly known as turmeric. Curcumin has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic activity, and low toxicity. More recently, studies have confirmed anti-cancer activities on numerous biological pathways involved in mutagenesis, oncogene expression, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, tumorigenesis and metastasis.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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