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. 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.