Curcumin is an herb that comes from the ginger family. It is native to tropical South Asia and has been used as a natural healing agent in India for thousands of years. I recommend it to my patients for its anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to be helpful in patients who suffer from degenerative arthritis and I often times recommend it along with glucosamine. Curcumin also has very powerful antioxidant properties which make it beneficial to the cardiovascular system as well as the skin. Recent studies show that Curcumin may also help certain types of depression.
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