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With its wide range of therapeutic actions and powerful health benefits, turmeric can be a great asset to your wellbeing. The spice may aid in general illness prevention, maintaining good health or treating a current illness.
Even if you’ve never taken turmeric as a supplement, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted it; it’s a common spice and kitchen staple used in almost all Indian dishes, as well as many Thai and Persian foods.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) grows mainly in southern and southeast Asia and is known for its brilliant deep yellow colored hue. As part of the ginger family, spice turmeric has a pungent, peppery taste that contributes a great savory flavor to many dishes. The rhizome, or underground stem, is the part of the plant utilized for medicinal purposes.
Decades’ worth of research has shown that in India, where turmeric is a staple and turmeric benefits are well known, the occurrence of chronic illness is dramatically lower than in Western countries (especially the U.S.).
The active constituent of turmeric is curcumin (scientifically referred to ascurcumanoids), a compound that has a multitude of powerful, protective health benefits that provide more than 50 healing actions—probably why it has been used medicinally in India and China for more than 2,000 years.
Turmeric was once referred to as “poor man’s saffron,” due to its deep yellow hue (and much lower price). People now call it Indian gold because of the plethora of positive effects of turmeric. With its wide range of therapeutic actions and powerful health benefits, turmeric can be a great dietary supplementation and a true asset to your overall wellbeing.
Turmeric’s diverse range of therapeutic uses include as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, a circulation stimulant, an antibacterial and an anti-fungal. It has also been used for its anticancer, liver-supportive, cholesterol-reducing and anti inflammatory properties.
It can be used daily to help prevent disease or can be used to support a range of health conditions and concerns, including:
Which turmeric supplement should I take? Turmeric can be found in a number of different formulas, listed either as turmeric or its active constituent curcumin. Some formulas also contain bioperine—a natural, patented form of pepper (also known as piperine, Piper nigrum) that has been proven to increase the absorption of other nutrients. You can try a few different formulations to see which suits you best, or speak with one of our expert pharmacists to see what they recommend.