New research undertaken by scientists at Ohio State University suggests that a modified form of the spice curcumin may be effective as an anti-inflammatory agent with therapeutic application in disorders ranging from colon cancer to osteoarthritis. The findings are published in the Nov. 4, 2014, issue of the journal PLOS ONE.
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Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in the spice turmeric that has been used for centuries as an Ayurvedic medicinal treatment. Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests curcumin promotes health because it lowers inflammation, but it is not absorbed well by the body. In the current study on mice, curcumin powder was mixed with castor oil and polyethylene glycol in a process called nano-emulsion. The process allows the compound to dissolve and be more easily absorbed by the gut to enter the bloodstream and tissues.
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