Turmeric is known to the world as that yellow powder which many people don’t really know what kind of food to use it in, and as part of curry powder blends, that gives them the specific yellow color. Sometimes called “Indian saffron”, turmeric is also used in dishes traditionally made with saffron, as a cheaper replacement for that spice. Also, almost every mustard blend you have ever used has certainly contained it’s fair share of turmeric powder, besides the equally yellow mustard powders.
However, there is a lot more to this spice than meets the eye, and not many people are aware of how powerful turmeric can be for health when consumed on a regular basis. Here is everything you need to know about the turmeric plant, it’s properties and the best way to benefit from them.
The official scientific name for turmeric is curcuma longa and it originates from India. Because it is a rhizomatous herbaceous plant, it produces rhizomes much like a potato plant does. Since they are members of the same plant family, turmeric and ginger actually resemble each other more.
It is valued not just for it’s aroma, but also for it’s high value of curcumin (which also gives the plant and the color their names). The root of the plant is harvested, dried in hot ovens and then grinded into the powder we’re all familiar with. But turmeric is used in other forms as well, not just as a spice powder: it is also brewed in a tea or taken in a concentrated dosage in capsules.
The main health benefits of Turmeric
Although these benefits aren’t powerful enough to replace actual medication if you suffer from any disease where turmeric is considered to be an adjuvant, consuming a bit of turmeric regularly can help with a lot of potential problems. But keep in mind that neither turmeric nor any other plant supplement can take the place of a balanced diet and lifestyle, nor can they take the place of prescription drugs that have been recommended by a physician. That being said, the turmeric health benefits are rumored by some to be over 20 in number, but here are the most effective ones: