Turmeric: Nutritional Properties, Uses and Potential Benefits


Gerald Taylor (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: NAT026000

Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, is obtained from the ground rhizomes of Curcuma longa L. Curcumin is a hydrophobic polyphenol compound that has been recognized as a naturally occurring yellow pigment and component of the spice turmeric. Several in vitro and in vivo studies confirmed that turmeric extracts and purified curcumin have powerful biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, antiviral, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic, antitumor, immunomodullatory and gastroprotective properties.

In addition, it has been successfully used in the treatment of Alzheimer‘s disease and cardiac disorders. Due to its antioxidant properties, they have been widely accepted as one of the spices with the highest antioxidant activity. The first chapter included in this book aims to show the various studies on the therapeutics actions and toxicity of curcumin. The following chapter explorea the potential effectiveness of turmeric at managing chronic inflammation by examining its molecular effects on the immune system, together with a review of double blind clinical trial data of the phytochemical. It also discusses the safety and quality control issues behind the usages of this herb. Chapter three examines the use of turmeric dye solvent extraction residue for development of bioactive packaging.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-ix

Chapter 1
Turmeric: Therapeutic Actions and Toxicity
(Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Cristiane Cardoso Correia Teixeira, and Cristina Mara Zamarioli, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Núcleo de Pesquisas em Produtos Naturais e Sintéticos Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)
pp. 1-50

Chapter 2
Potential for Turmeric in Preventing Chronic Inflammatory Disease: A Review of the Clinical Evidence
(Diana R. Cundell and Anne H. Bower, Pre-Medical Studies Program Director and Professor of Biology, College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Division of Health Professions, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and others)
pp. 51-132

Chapter 3
Use of the Turmeric Dye Solvent Extraction Residue for Development of Bioactive Packaging
(Delia Rita Tapia Blácido and Bianca Chieregato Maniglia, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil)
pp. 133-162

pp. 163-178

pp. 179-196

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