A Review of Curcumin's Effects on Human Health


Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia, but is popular all over the world. It is perhaps most popular in India, where it is one of the main spices in curry powders. Its flavor is warm and bitter, and it has a striking yellow color.

Turmeric has been reported to have many health benefits. Its use as a medicine dates back nearly 4000 years. Over the past few decades, modern medicine has increased research into turmeric’s reputation for healing. Curcumin is at the heart of the research, as it’s the source of many of turmeric’s healthful properties.

Several studies have shown curcumin to be beneficial in managing inflammatory and degenerative eye disorders. While the study sizes have been relatively small, they indicate curcumin may be good for keeping eyes healthy and treating some eye diseases. Research has shown curcumin may be beneficial for your kidneys. Specifically, curcumin may help in healing acute kidney injuries and increasing antioxidants.