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Turmeric and Curcumin: Overview and Health Benefits

ADHD or ADD) is scarce. But a growing number of studies reveal other possible health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive functioning to therapeutic effects on chronic conditions ranging from heart disease and cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.1</sup 2Despite increased interest in the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin, the ginger plant from which they are derived has been used in Indian and Eastern Asian medical systems for thousands of years.

Findings from clinical studies substantiate these traditional uses, showing that curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, wound-healing, antimicrobial, and possible neuroprotective properties. 41Preliminary research shows that curcumin may improve cognitive functioning.

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