Extraction and Purification of Curcumin from Turmeric

Turmeric has long been used as a strong anti-inflammatory in Indian systems of drugs. Traditionally turmeric was called "Indian saffron" because of its deep yellow-orange color and it has been used as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye. Turmeric is rich in curcuminoids which vary in chemical structures, physico-chemical characteristics. The present work reports on extraction method of curcuminoids using Soxhlet extractor unit. Purification and quantification of curcuminoids was carried out by thin layer chromatography. In the TLC maximum resultant extract (by Hexane) was performed Percentage yield of curcumin was reported 4.09% from Soxhlet extraction method. Different solvent were used for extraction, among them acetone showed maximum yield of each curcuminoids. Separation of curcuminoids was tested in TLC chloroform: methanol at 95:5 showed RF value at 0.59, 0.61, and 0.58 as curcumin, di-methoxy-curcumin, bis de-methoxy-curcumin respectively.

Author(s): Naresh D Joshi, Aditya A Kulkarni, Makarand N Cherekar

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