(Curcuma longa) aka - Indian Saffron
Turmeric has been used throughout Southeast Asia and India for thousands of years, used for flavoring foods, dyeing fabrics, and medicinally. Ayurvedic medicine in India uses Turmeric as a digestive aid and for cleansing, fevers, infections, dysentery, arthritis, and liver problems. Turmeric has many medicinal claims, including as a treatment for ringworm, flatulence, hemorrhage, arthritis, fever, digestion, liver conditions, gallbladder complaints, and lung congestion. Research in India, shows that Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, helps stimulates the flow of bile to aid digestion. There is also evidence of liver-protective properties in Curcumin. Among the benefits of Turmeric are its anti-oxidant properties. Turmeric helps stop free-radical progression and prevents free radicals from manifesting. There is also evidence of anti-cancer activity in Turmeric. Curcumin is thought to be the active component that inhibits tumor cell growth. It may help restrict the growth of existing tumors and prevent other cancers, including stomach, colon, esophageal, breast, and skin. There seem to be analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits for conditions such as arthritis.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Turmeric may provide relief for:
• Arthritis/Joint Pain
• Heart Disease
• Liver Disease
- Properties: Anti-bacterial, Anti-coagulant, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-neoplastic, Anti-oxidant, Anti-viral Primary nutrients: Anti-oxidants