Health Aid: Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that has traditional usage for health dating back nearly 4000 years, but it is commonly known for its use in Indian cuisine where it is primarily associated with curry.


It has various names such as golden spice and Indian saffron (unrelated to crocus sativa, or true saffron). Turmeric is a product of Curcuma longa, a plant belonging to the ginger family. More than 100 component compounds have been isolated from Turmeric; possibly the most important is Curcumin - comprising several Curcuminoids – and which gives the spice its colour.

 

Turmeric has been widely studied across many health conditions. The Curcuminoids in Turmeric have been identified as supporting the maintenance of good health in major body systems including musculo-skeletal, immune, digestive, heart, brain and nervous system. Turmeric is most commonly used to support joint comfort and mobility, and as an effective digestive support.