Curcumin and its Chemopreventive Properties

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Curcumin
Curcumin

The yellow pigment in Indian saffron Curcuma longa (diferuloylmethane), is called turmeric, haldi, or haridra in the East and curry powder in the West, and has been consumed by people for decades as a dietary ingredient and also for a various inflammatory ailments. Exhaustive research within the last decade in cell culture and in rodents has revealed that curcumin can sensitize tumors to different chemotherapeutic agents.

 

Alternative and remedial therapies for neoplastic diseases, treatment and prevention has become the talk of the town in the medical societies all over the world. Studies show that Prostate cancer (PC) is by far the most frequently diagnosed malignancy and the second major cause of male death in developing countries. Curcumin is a polyphenolic derivative that has established its chemopreventive properties and clinical safety.