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Molecules 2016, 21(3), 264; doi:10.3390/molecules21030264

Curcumin and Health

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Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular II, Facultad de Farmacia, Campus Universitario de Cartuja, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos José Mataix Verdú, Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Avenida del Conocimiento s/n, Campus Tecnológico y Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Granada, Armilla (Granada) 18016, Spain
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Departamento de Fisiología, Facultad de Farmacia, Campus Universitario de Cartuja, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Servicio de Anatomía Patológica, Complejo Hospitalario de Jaen, 23007 Jaén, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Maurizio Battino, Etsuo Niki and José L. Quiles
Received: 15 December 2015 / Revised: 8 February 2016 / Accepted: 22 February 2016 / Published: 25 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 20th Anniversary of Molecules—Recent Advances in Natural Products)
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Abstract

Nowadays, there are some molecules that have shown over the years a high capacity to act against relevant pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders or cancer. This article provides a brief review about the origin, bioavailability and new research on curcumin and synthetized derivatives. It examines the beneficial effects on health, delving into aspects such as cancer, cardiovascular effects, metabolic syndrome, antioxidant capacity, anti-inflammatory properties, and neurological, liver and respiratory disorders. Thanks to all these activities, curcumin is positioned as an interesting nutraceutical. This is the reason why it has been subjected to several modifications in its structure and administration form that have permitted an increase in bioavailability and effectiveness against different diseases, decreasing the mortality and morbidity associated to these pathologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: curcumin; bioavailability; antioxidant; ROS; anti-inflammatory; cancer; lung diseases; liver disorders; cardiovascular diseases; natural compound curcumin; bioavailability; antioxidant; ROS; anti-inflammatory; cancer; lung diseases; liver disorders; cardiovascular diseases; natural compound
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Pulido-Moran, M.; Moreno-Fernandez, J.; Ramirez-Tortosa, C.; Ramirez-Tortosa, M. Curcumin and Health. Molecules 2016, 21, 264.

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