Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical mainly extracted from turmeric root. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.), a member of the ginger family zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring and food pigment .As a food additive, its E number is E100.
Chemically, curcumin is a diarylheptanoid , belonging to the group of curcuminoids, which are nantural phenols responsible for turmeric's' yellow color. It is a tautomeric compound existing in enolic form in organic solvents and as a keto form in water.
1. As medicines' raw materials for anti-inflammatory and regulating menstruation, it is mainly used in pharmaceutical field
2. As products for regulating menstruation, it is mainly used in health product industry
3. As pigments, food additives of seasoning, it is mainly used in cosmetic industry