What is Turmeric and Why is it Important?
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant related to ginger that is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia, and Central America. It is sometimes called the “Golden Spice” because of its yellow, earthy color. The use of turmeric can be traced back over 5,000 years when traditional cultures utilized it as a fabric dye, seasoning spice, and an herbal remedy.
Turmeric powder is made by cleaning, boiling, and drying the root of the plant. The resulting spice powder is a common ingredient in curry powder and is still used by many cultures as an addition to foods and beverages. While the use of turmeric is popular in South Asian and Caribbean dishes, recipes featuring turmeric have become increasingly popular in the United States.
Beyond its role as a seasoning, turmeric also contains health-promoting compounds called curcuminoids which have led to its use as a dietary supplement.
The Power of Curcuminoids
Curcuminoids are active compounds found in turmeric, with curcumin being the most well-known. While whole turmeric powder can be taken as a supplement, the research on the benefits has focused on these active compounds.
Curcuminoids are antioxidants that have strong, natural anti-inflammatory† benefits. Curcumin can also play a major role in supporting joint health.*
Given its role in promoting healthy inflammation response for physical overexertion†, scientists are continuing to study turmeric for a variety of health benefits including the support of skin, brain, and gut health.Unfortunately, not all turmeric supplements are created equal.
†May help reduce temporary inflammation associated with physical overexertion or other lifestyle choices.
This product is not intended to treat, prevent or cure inflammation associated with any disease.