Curcumin and Inflammation

Plants provide a plethora of chemicals that have nutritional value in humans and animals when they are incorporated into the diet. One of the major effects seen from eating plant foods is that of a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Some phytochemicals can directly inhibit inflammation through changes to the inflammatory pathways of the body. Other phytochemicals can provide antioxidant effects which may indirectly reduce the effects of inflammation. Curcumin in turmeric is thought to be a significant anti-inflammatory agent and also to have significant antioxidant effects, which explains the observations that it can be used to treat chronic inflammation in humans and animals. Many diseases are characterised by chronic inflammation, and so consuming turmeric for its curcumin should provide significant disease protection. Using turmeric as a cooking spice may therefore confer significant health benefits to those who consume it regularly through its ability to regulate inflammation. 

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