Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where is has been harvested for more than 5000 years! Traditionally it was known as “Indian Saffron” because of its similarity in colour to original saffron, and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and as textile dye.
Turmeric is most popularly known as one of the main ingredients used to make curry powder and this peppery, warm and bittersweet root with a mild fragrance is also related to the ginger family.
As turmeric is a concentrated source of the phytonutrient curcumin, which has incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it should be part of your “healthiest way of healing” eating plan. It is also rich in iron and manganese.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Anti-inflammatory protection; In the Chinese and Indian medicinal systems, turmeric has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties. In numerous studies it has been shown to compare favourably with relief given by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
Promotes joint health; Many people suffering with joint disease find relief when they use this spice regularly. In 2013 a preliminary study on anti-rheumatic activity of curcumin was published and it showed that people with rheumatoid arthritis have benefited immensely by including turmeric in capsule form (Curcumin), to their daily regime as they found that it reduced their morning stiffness and joint swelling.
Promotes heart health; In a recent research study, 10 healthy volunteers who consumed 500mg of curcumin per day for 7 days experienced a 12% reduction in total cholesterol, a 33% reduction of oxidized cholesterol and a 29% increase in HDL (good) cholesterol!
Promotes optimal health; Turmeric contributes to enhancing the liver’s detoxification process and together with the Brassica vegetables may help to prevent prostate cancer. A recent study also suggests that turmeric’s curcuminoid phytonutrients stimulate the macrophages of Alzheimer’s patients to clear out plaques.
Overall it seems that Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, keeps your heart happy, keeps your brain healthy, keeps cancer at bay and then tastes good too!
The fresher the better and currently we have organic turmeric root (rhizome) in stock – why not order your bag (150g) today and use it liberally for optimal health?
How to make turmeric tea
Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric to 3 or 4 cups of boiled water and simmer / steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea into another container. Add honey and lemon / orange juice and enjoy!!