longa), a flowering plant in the ginger family, is widely used as a food
coloring and is one of the principal ingredients in curry powder. The
aboveground and underground roots or rhizomes of the turmeric are used
in medicinal and food preparations.
long been used in Ayurveda as a blood purifier, antiallergic,
anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant, antiarthritic, antibacterial, liver
stimulant, and antibacterial and as an antiseptic agent. The major
chemical constituents are curcuminoids (approx. 6%), the yellow coloring
principle of which curcumin constitute 50-60%; essential oil (2-7%) with
high content of bisabolane derivatives.
the active ingredients in turmeric, induces the flow of bile, which helps
break down fats. Extracts of turmeric root reduced secretion of acid from
the stomach and protect against injuries such as inflammation along the
stomach (gastritis) or intestinal walls and ulcers from certain
medications, stress, or alcohol. Early studies suggest that turmeric may
prove helpful in preventing the atherosclerosis (blockage of arteries that
can eventually cause a heart attack or stroke) in one of two ways. First,
in animal studies an extract of turmeric lowered cholesterol levels and
inhibited the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
derived from rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa has potent
chemopreventive properties and has been shown to inhibit nuclear factor
kappaB-mediated inflammatory signaling in many cell types, including