author: Dr. Kevin Curran
Background on turmeric
Turmeric (Curcuma longa ) is a colorful member of the ginger family. This tropical plant is native to Southeast Asia and has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine since the 7th century. India is mostly responsible for its cultivation and popularization. A spice made from the root of turmeric provides the unique flavor and yellow color to Indian curry dishes.
Along with its role as a spice, turmeric has also gained popularity as a natural remedy for arthritis, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular health. Due to its pleasing taste and health benefits, there’s been a huge resurgence in the use of this plant as a botanical supplement.
In this article, we describe the science behind the use of turmeric for inflammation and other health issues. At the end of the article, we describe factors involved when choosing your turmeric and we review a few popular brands.
The turmeric plant has rhizomatous roots that are dug up and ground into turmeric powder.
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