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Dr. Tuba Esatbeyoglu, Dr. Patricia Huebbe, Dr. Insa M. A. Ernst, M. Sc. Dawn Chin, Prof. Dr. Anika E. Wagner and Prof. Dr. Gerald Rimbach Curcumin—From Molecule to Biological Function Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 4 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107724

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The spice of life: The main ingredient of the condiment and dye, turmeric, is “golden” curcumin (see structure). Recently, the beneficial health properties of curcuminoids have been increasingly discussed, since they induce endogenous antioxidant defense mechanisms in organisms, have anti-inflammatory effects, and modulate gene expression and epigenetic mechanisms.

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