Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by Curcuma longa plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.
Chemically, curcumin is a diarylheptanoid, belonging to the group of curcuminoids, which are natural phenols responsible for turmeric's yellow color. It is a tautomeric compound existing in enolic form in organic solvents and in keto form in water.
Curcumin is a chemical component extracted from the rhizomes of some plants in the family Zingiberaceae and Araceae. Among them, curcumin contains about 3% ~ 6%. It is a rare pigment with diketone in the plant kingdom and is a diketone compound.
Curcumin is orange yellow crystalline powder with slightly bitter taste and insoluble in water. It is mainly used in colouring intestinal products, canned products, sauce and brine products and other products in food production.
Medical studies have shown that curcumin has the effects of lowering blood lipid, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, cholagogic and anti-oxidation. scientists have found Curcumin helps treat drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Curcumin is currently one of the world's largest selling natural food pigments and is approved by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as many other countries.Curcumin attracts researchers not only as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, but because of its chemoprophylaxis properties, curcumin has a wide range of disease-preventing properties.In view of the fact that modern medical research has found that the occurrence of many diseases in human body is related to the formation of free radicals and the participation of inflammatory reaction, the antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have attracted extensive attention from scholars at home and abroad
1. Curcumin can be used as an edible yellow pigment. Curcumin is commonly used in the coloring of beverages, candies, pastries, intestinal products, dishes, sauces, tins and other foods, as well as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
2. Curcumin can be used in medicine to anti-tumor，prevent senile dementia and anti-inflammation, etc.
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