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What is it?

Curcumin is a major active constituent of turmeric, a plant well known as the man spice in curry. Other than culinary use, curcumin seems to have anti-inflammatory activity.

Is it effective?

Although there is insufficient evidence for the following indications, curcumin is sometimes used for Alzheimer’s disease, eye inflammation, diabetes stomach ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

The root of turmeric is used to make medicine. Studies have shown that curcumin/turmeric is possible effective for the following conditions:

Stomach upset

Some research demonstrates improvement of stomach upset with curcumin use. Recommended dose is 500mg of curcumin four times daily.


Curcumin, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis. Recommended dose is 500mg of curcumin twice a day.

Is it safe?

Curcumin is likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin appropriately for up to 8 months. It usually does not cause significant side effects, but some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.

Pregnant women should not take curcumin in medicinal amounts as it could promote a menstrual period stimulate the uterus. In addition, do not take curcumin if you have gallbladder problems, bleeding problems, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hormone-sensitive condition (such as breast cancer), infertility, iron deficiency, and surgery.

Talk to your pharmacist for more information.

Curcumin products we carry


CurcuVIVA is a moderate-dose, highly absorbable, optimizedCurcuma longa formula that is free from rapid breakdown. It is traditionally used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve mild joint pain. It is also used to aid in digestion, protect the liver, increase bile excretion from the liver, stimulate contraction of the gallbladder, and assist in the healing of minor wounds. Read More.

Reference: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database [Online, Feb. 06, 2015].