Health Benefits of Turmeric

Almost every spice that is used and cooking provides some health benefits but turmeric tops the list. Turmeric is also one of the most researched herb that has found positive impact in curing many health conditions even better than the prescribed medicine in many cases.

This ancient folklore medicine is used for healing wounds to treating cancer. Turmeric is sometimes used with other popular herbs such as ginger and garlic but in most cases it is used on its own.
Curcumin is the most important nutrient in turmeric providing most of the medicinal properties of turmeric.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric belonging to Ginger family is native to South Asia. The plant is cultivated annually during monsoon and the rhizomes are used in most of the curries. The yellow color in the curry comes from turmeric.

The rhizomes can be used fresh during the season and in dried powder form throughout the year. It is also used as natural dye.
Turmeric contains a group of the following compounds called curcuminoids

  • diferuloylmethane (curcumin)
  • demethoxycurcumin
  • bisdemethoxycurcumin

Turmeric also contain following powerful volatile oils

  • turmerone
  • atlantone
  • zingiberene

Out if all its important and useful components curcumin is most researched for its therapeutic values.
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