Curcumin is the active compound of the popular Indian spice turmeric (also known as curry powder in western countries). From ancient times to today, turmeric has been used in Indian subcontinents to not only spice up and preserve food but also as a traditional remedy to heal many diseases. It is also used in textiles as a yellow die. Curcumin is the key ingredient in turmeric and its chemical structure is the reason for the bright yellow color of turmeric. Botanically, it is a relative of the ginger family.
As of today, this powerful natural ingredient is getting an increasing number of popularity in western countries. Considering the various health benefits, many western scientists also called curcumin as the solid gold of India. I believe one of the major reasons for that are the several recent study results. Researchers of these studies have already explained curcumin as a natural immune system booster with numerous health benefits. According to these studies, curcumin is shown to have antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antiarthritic, antiamyloid, and more potently, anti-inflammatory properties.
Moreover, many scientists also believe that curcumin can halt the growth of cancer cells in the body. In addition, a recent study done by the researchers of University of California-Los Angles found that curcumin is effective in reducing the cancerous brain tumor, and according to the study, it was shown to reduce the cancerous tumor size by eighty percent.