Review proves that curcumin has no therapeutic properties

A major review published on the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry seeks to draw a definite conclusion on curcumin. Over the years, many scientists have focused on curcumin as a possible therapeutic molecule, however they have never succeeded in demonstrating its efficacy, in spite of large investments. Scientific literature includes a vast amount of studies reporting potential uses of curcumin in treating various diseases, including Alzheimer’s, alopecia, hirsutism and cancer, although incontrovertible proofs of its efficacy have never been found. Michael Walters, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, author of the review, demonstrates that no existing proofs support a potential use of curcumin for the conditions mentioned before, adding that this should put an end to wasting funding in this area. (Source J. Med. Chem.)