Curcumin is a natural phenol (a hydroxyl group, OH, bonded to an aromatic hydrocarbon group) present in the spice turmeric. The spice turmeric, popular in South Asian cuisine, comes from the root of the turmeric plant. Turmeric gives curry dishes a bright orange-yellow color, as well as an appealing taste, but that's not all: in the past several years, scientists have begun to uncover many properties of curcumin that can aid human health. Here are five things you may not know about curcumin.
August 28, 2013