Turmeric consists of dried, as well as, fresh rhizomes of a plant known as Curcuma longa. It has been used for centuries in the Indian traditional system of medicine, as a spice and a natural food color. Turmeric has been used internally as a tonic for the stomach and a blood purifier and externally for the treatment of skin diseases and wound healing.
Curcumin powder is obtained by crystallizing turmeric oleoresin which is prepared by the alcohol extraction of turmeric. Curcumin, the active ingredient present in the turmeric, is responsible for the biological activities of tumeric. It has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-allergic, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor activity. It helps to prevent/retard various cardiovascular, viral and other chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer and AIDS by neutralizing existing free radicals. These properties are clinically proven. In the case of arthritis, best results are observed when Curcumin is used in combination with the extract of Boswellia Serrata.
Curcumin Powder in near pure form is now recognized as an effective antioxidant. It has therefore a good market as an anti-cancer neutraceutical. Oleoresin turmeric is obtained by solvent extraction of dried rhizomes of Curcuma longa L. (Family : Zingiberaceae) of Indian origin and subsequent repeated purification by crystallization followed by drying and fine grinding.