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A Review of Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 11 ]

Author(s):

Ali Noorafshan and Soheil Ashkani-Esfahani   Pages 2032 - 2046 ( 15 )

Abstract:


There is a growing interest in herbal medicine. Scientific studies have demonstrated the beneficial pharmacological effects of curcumin. Curcumin is a bright yellow spice, derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa Linn. It has been proven that curcumin is a highly pleiotropic molecule which can be a modulator of intracellular signaling pathways that control cell growth, inflammation, and apoptosis. Curcumin might be a potential candidate for the prevention and/or treatment of some diseases due to its anti-oxidant, antiinflammatory activities and an excellent safety profile. We present an updated concise review of currently available animal and clinical studies demonstrating the therapeutic effect of curcumin.

Keywords:

Curcumin, therapeutic effects, review, herbal medicine, rhizome, intracellular signaling pathways, cell growth, inflammation, apoptosis, anti-oxidant

Affiliation:

Student research committee, Shiraz University of medical sciences, Neshat st., Shiraz, Iran.



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