Anti-Candida Activity of Curcumin: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Kourosh Cheraghipour, Behrouz Ezatpour, Leila Masoori, Abdolrazagh Marzban, Asghar Sepahvand, Arian Karimi Rouzbahani, Abbas Moridnia, Sayyad Khanizadeh, Hossein Mahmoudvand*

Journal Name: Current Drug Discovery Technologies

Volume 18 , Issue 3 , 2021

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Curcumin is one of the important natural compounds that is extracted from turmeric. This compound and its derivatives have numerous biological properties, including antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and healing effects. Extensive research in various fields has been conducted on turmeric as it is widely used as a food additive. The significant antifungal activity is one of the major effects of curcumin. In this paper, recent studies on the effects of different forms of curcumin drug on the candidiasis were systematically examined and discussed. The data in this study were extracted from the articles and reports published in the Web of Science, Google Scholar, PubMed, and Scopus databases. After the preliminary investigation, relevant reports were selected and classified based on the incorporated formulation and purpose of the study. After a systematic discussion of the data, it was found that the use of medicinal forms based on nanoparticles can increase the absorption and target the controlled release of curcumin with a more effective role compared to other formulations. Consequently, it can be concluded that new methods of modern medicine can be employed to increase the efficacy of natural pharmaceutical compounds used in the past. In this regard, the present study analyzed the effect of curcumin against various Candida infections, using the recent data. It was found that applying a combination of drug formulation or the formulation of curcumin and its derivatives can be an effective strategy to overcome the medicine resistance in fungal infections, especially candidiasis.

Keywords: Candida, curcumin, medicinal plant, herbal medicine, fungi, mycology.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 20 May, 2021
Page: [379 - 390]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1570163817666200518074629
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