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Nanoparticles are promising aids for drug delivery for previously challenging diseases, and many incurable ones. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a pleiotropic molecule having various target molecules in the body. Despite its effects, curcumin-based drugs are not readily available in the market because of their low bioavailability. Although dietary intake and knowledge about the potential of curcumin are high in countries like India, studies indicate that the bioavailability problem still persists. However, administration of curcumin through inhalation has received little consideration. In this review we discuss the potential of curcumin, approaches made to overcome the bioavailability challenges, and novel approaches that could be applied in order to deliver curcumin in a pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI).

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Parasuraman Aiya Subramani, Venkata R Narala. Challenges of curcumin bioavailability: novel aerosol remedies. Natural product communications. 2013 Jan;8(1):121-4

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PMID: 23472475

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