Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years because turmeric is not just a spice to enhance food, but also utilized as a medicinal herb. Turmeric is been well-researched and is proven to be effective in promoting a healthy life. (See benefits of turmeric below.)
Turmeric is sometimes as the “Indian saffron” or simply “the golden spice.” It comes from the curcuma longa plant that is related to the ginger family of plants. Turmeric has a bright yellow color to it and because of that it is also used as food coloring. Ground turmeric is also present in curry powders, and in turmeric teas.
Curcuminoids is the highlight compound found in turmeric. This active ingredient is responsible on most of the benefits to promotes a healthy life.
Inflammation is generally important for the human body on a short-term basis because it helps protects the body and aids in repairing any damage/injury. However, long term inflammation or chronic inflammation can cause problems. Chronic inflammation can develop major diseases such as heart problems, cancer, and metabolic syndromes. Curcumin in turmeric is effective as those with common anti-inflammatory drugs, with less to none side effects.
Turmeric can be added in meals or even in smoothies and in cocktails since it is a food spice. Turmeric is also available as dietary supplements and as an essential oil.