Therapeutic Potential and Recent Advances of Curcumin in the Treatment of Aging-Associated Diseases

Molecules. 2018 Apr 5;23(4):835. doi: 10.3390/molecules23040835.


Curcumin, a low molecular weight, lipophilic, major yellow natural polyphenolic, and the most well-known plant-derived compound, is extracted from the rhizomes of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant. Curcumin has been demonstrated as an effective therapeutic agent in traditional medicine for the treatment and prevention of different diseases. It has also shown a wide range of biological and pharmacological effects in drug delivery, and has actively been used for the treatment of aging-associated diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, ocular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney diseases, chronic inflammation and infection. The functional application and therapeutic potential of curcumin in the treatment of aging-associated diseases is well documented in the literature. This review article focuses mainly on the potential role of plant-derived natural compounds such as curcumin, their mechanism of action and recent advances in the treatment of aging-associated diseases. Moreover, the review briefly recaps on the recent progress made in the preparation of nanocurcumins and their therapeutic potential in clinical research for the treatment of aging-associated diseases.

Keywords: aging; curcumin; drug delivery; nanoparticle; natural products; plants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy
  • Atherosclerosis / drug therapy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / drug therapy
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Curcumin / chemistry*
  • Curcumin / therapeutic use*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Molecular Structure
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / drug therapy
  • Osteoporosis / drug therapy


  • Curcumin