α-Curcumene – Terpene Profile
α-Curcumene is an herbaceous terpene found in rosemary and in high concentrations in the essential oils of ginger and turmeric. Curcumene belongs to the Sesquiterpene family. As an isomer of curcumene, α-curcumene plays a significant role in creating the turmeric spice’s nutrient-rich, exotic flavor profile. Long before the advent of modern medicine, α-curcumene figured largely into traditional medicine in the form of turmeric-based cures for gastrointestinal discomfort, tumors and cardiovascular disorders. More recent scientific research has established α-curcumene’s potency in treating rheumatic conditions as well as inflammation of the digestive tract.