Does Circumin Have Anticancer Purposes?

A patient asked me about circumin. Circumin is a chemical that is found in Turmeric, a plant indigenous to Asia and some parts of Africa. Turmeric’s primary use is in spices, food products, and clothing dyes, but it’s not prominent in the medical field.

While laboratory studies suggest that circumin may have some anti-inflammatory and anticancer uses, there are no reports of these findings in people yet. Hence, the research on circumin and its medical benefits remains in progress.


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