Researchers in a new study review have identified Curcumin, a polyphenol extracted from turmeric as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral agent. According to news-medical.net, Curcumin’s anticancer potential remains under investigation, but it has gained attention from scientists worldwide for its biological properties.
Founder and Director of the Sbarro Health Research Organisation, Prof. Antonio Giordano, in the review, titled, ‘Curcumin and Cancer’, discussed the health benefits of Curcumin.
The review written together with Dr. Giuseppina Tommonaro of the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry-National Research Council of Italy, was published in the journal, Nutrients.
“In the last year, many scientists have discussed the real health benefits of Curcumin, often stimulating very passionate debate, and as scientists involved in studies related to natural compounds and cancer, we wanted to explore the most recent findings on this topic.
The review collected studies concerning the anticancer potential of Curcumin against the most widespread cancers and also describing the molecular mechanisms of action.
Moreover, the problem of bioavailability of Curcumin, as well as the most recent advances in the clinical use of curcumin and new drug formulations, were discussed,”
the researchers wrote.
The study authors concluded that, thanks to its effects on different signalling pathways and molecular targets involved in the development of several cancers, Curcumin represents a promising candidate as an effective anticancer drug, either alone or in combination with other treatments, not to mention its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral capabilities.
Turmeric is obviously an excellent component in nutrition.