Curcuma longa, a well-known perennial belonging to the ginger family of Zingiberaceae.
Used internationally as a staple spice in cuisine, an element of holistic medicine, an offering in religious ceremonies, and even a coloring in cosmetics, turmeric has been providing the world with countless uses and immense health benefits for thousands of years.
Turmeric’s beautiful bright yellow root has led to its nicknames “the golden spice” and “Indian saffron.” It has graced countless cultures around the world with its gorgeous coloring, unique aroma, and unmistakable flavor.
Native to the southwest of India, this root spice has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years. Turmeric’s benefits and usage has spread recently around the world to contribute to the healing and preventative medicinal applications of countless conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease to heart disease.
Turmeric contains more than 100 astounding chemical compounds that contribute to its ability to help treat conditions from stomachaches to respiratory illness. These chemical compounds are what make turmeric unique. Most importantly, turmeric contains curcumin, which is a polyphenol.
Curcumin is what gives turmeric its beautiful yellow-orange color. Curcuminoids, the group of chemical compounds responsible for the health benefits of turmeric, include curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Turmeric also contains volatile oils, including tumerone, artumerone, and zingiberene.
Turmeric’s health benefits are owed to the plant’s unique chemical composition of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals provide the body with:
+ Promotion of immunity
+ Protection against illness and disease
+ Prevention of the development of serious illness and disease
+ Destruction of chronic disease cells within the brain and body
Thanks to these properties, turmeric has now been integrated into natural treatment methods for common and chronic conditions by many health care providers.