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What is curcumin?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, a spice in the ginger family used in cooking and for medical purposes. Used by doctors and health care providers in Asian cultures, this supplement is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is used as a supplement in treatment of several medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, scabies, heartburn, bursitis, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), osteoarthritis and AIDS. It is recognized for its ability to lower cholesterol and is currently being researched as a supplement that may slow down the spread of cancer and lower the risk of heart failure. You should be aware that studies into the safety and effectiveness of curcumin are still underway.

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