Mellow yellow? The mood and cognitive effects of curcumin from turmeric

Curcumin is the component of turmeric (Curcuma longa) that gives the spice its bright yellow colour. It is one of more than 5,000 flavonoids, a group of plant-based compounds thought to contribute to the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. The purported medical effects of curcumin have a long history, going back at least to the 18th century. In 1937, a paper in the Lancet medical journal described successful case studies using curcumin in the treatment of inflamed gall bladders. Around 150 curcumin studies are under way to investigate the effects of curcumin (alone or in combination with other drugs)…
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