Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is an ancient spice popular in India and Asia since 2,000 BC.
Research has documented that turmeric has wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric contains many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. However, the wide range of health benefits attributed to turmeric come mainly from its ingredient, curcumin.
Among the other, the main health benefits related to turmeric include:
- Anti-oxidant properties. According to some studies, it might play a role in cancer and Alzheimer's prevention
- Anti-Inflammatory properties. It might help relieving symptoms associated with rheumatoid arhritis, sprains, inflammations, etc.
- Liver-protective actions
- Helps Promote Weight Loss
- Soothes irritated tissues
- Boosts immunity
- Anti-septic and anti-bacterial. Helps wound healing
- Improves digestion
Turmeric can be added to food, made as infusion or taken as a supplement.