The Chemistry and Bioactive Components of Turmeric
CHAPTER 16: Curcumin as Dietary Supplements Against Various Diseases: An Insight into the New Trends and Future Perspectives
Published:15 Oct 2020
A. Nair and S. Gopi, in The Chemistry and Bioactive Components of Turmeric, ed. S. Gopi, S. Thomas, A. B. Kunnumakkara, B. B. Aggarwal, and A. Amalraj, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020, pp. 349-380.
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