Turmeric is an extract derived from the root and rhizomes of Curcuma longa, a tropical plant native to India and southeast Asia. Also known as curcumin, turmeric is a pungent spice that has been employed in Ayurveda, Chinese, Siddha, Unani, and other traditional medical systems for centuries. Various ailments including stomach problems, liver diseases, kidney and bladder inflammation, infections, and swelling have been treated with this flowering plant. Current research is confirming its traditional use, finding that turmeric may have far-reaching health benefits, including; anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and hypocholesterolemic effects. [1-4]

Research suggests that curcuminoids, the active components in turmeric, may relieve inflammation by blocking the activation of lipoxygenase (LOX) and the pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor) and IL-1 beta (interleukin). [3-5] Research has also found that curcuminoids may suppress the growth and metastasis of tumor cells by inhibiting transcription factors NF-KappaB and AP-1, fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2), and gelatinase B in the angiogenic process. [3, 6]

Further research has suggested that curcuminoids may act as free-radical scavengers that inhibit lipid peroxidation (including LDL cholesterol oxidation), and protect polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from damage induced by toxic free radical molecules. [3, 7, 8] In addition, in vitro studies show curcuminoids may have anti-HIV effects, by blocking HIV-1 and HIV-2 proteases, HIV-1 LTR (long terminal repeat)-directed gene expression, Tat-mediated transactivation of HIV-1-LTR, and HIV-1 integrase. [3-9]

Products Containing Turmeric
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Exomine RH $54.95
$1.83 30 Progressive Health
Neurophine $59.95
$2.00 30 Progressive Health Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Synotrex $27.90
$0.00 0 Joint Pain


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