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Herb of the Week: Turmeric

Filed Under: Herbs at 9:38 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric plant

It’s always interesting to find out that some herbs may also improve some health conditions.

Turmeric is just another example how the solution for a health issue could be sitting in the kitchen cabinet, in a form of an herb or spice.

Turmeric is rhizomatous perennial plant native from South Asia. The vast majority of this herb, from the ginger family, comes from India. The plant needs temperatures between 70F and 85F and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.

One of the key ingredients in many curries, turmeric gives them color and flavor and it’s one of the most popular spices in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.

Turmeric is also used for medicinal purposes. Companies use the root and rhizome (underground stem) to produce supplements, supporting and treating many health conditions such as indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis.

In addition, turmeric extract may help improving poor vision, coughs and increasing milk production for women. It has been used in large quantities as a condiment with no adverse reactions, and supplements are generally safe.

People have been using turmeric as a detoxifying herb for thousands of years in Indonesia. Turmeric use has been recognized and proved by several generations and the herb is considered the “Queen of all herbs” because of its success on treating health issues.

Studies in the United States have showed that turmeric is the most import herb for cardiovascular health, maintaining DNA integrity and improving overall digestion.

 3 Comments, latest by The Bates Method

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3 Responses to “Herb of the Week: Turmeric”

  1. 101DoFollowBlogs says:

    I’ve heard some good things about this blog. Remember to balance the pics with the text tho. cheers!

  2. Jan says:

    I’d been taking 9000mg of fish oil daily for the inflammation of RA with some results, but when adding turmeric (500mg-650mg capsules, 2 with each meal) it made a huge difference. My CRP and Sed Rate dropped into normal range very quickly, and the pain and swelling in joints decreased. Turmeric and fish oil were extremely beneficial in my success with the antibiotic therapy for RA.

  3. The Bates Method says:

    I tend to agree with your post. I’ve had difficulty finding any worthwhile information on this subject. Thanks for your thourough and informitive post.

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