Relevance of the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in neurodegenerative diseases and depression

Yousef Tizabi*, Laura L. Hurley, Zakiya Qualls, Luli Akinfiresoye

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This review is an attempt to summarize our current understanding of curcumin's potential as a neuroprotectant and an antidepressant. This dual property confers a unique advantage to this herbal medication, believed to be devoid of any major side effects, to combat commonly observed co-morbid conditions of a neurodegenerative and a neuropsychiatric disorder. Moreover, in line with the theme of this series, the role of inflammation and stress in these diseases and possible anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, as well as its interaction with signal transduction proteins as a common denominator in its varied mechanisms of action, are also discussed. Thus, following a brief introduction of curcumin's pharmacology, we present research suggesting how its anti-inflammatory properties have therapeutic potential in treating a devastating neurological disorder (Parkinson's disease = PD) and a debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder (major depressive disorder = MDD). It is concluded that curcumin, or better yet, an analog with better and longer bioavailability could be of important therapeutic potential in PD and/or major depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20864-20879
Number of pages16
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • curcumin
  • inflammation
  • depression
  • Parkinson's disease
  • neuroprotection
  • Neuroprotection
  • Depression
  • Curcumin
  • Inflammation


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