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Herb of the Week: Turmeric

Posted Sep 11 2008 10:21am

Turmeric plant It’s always interesting to find out that some herbs may also improve some health conditions.

Turmeric is just another example how the solution for a health issue could be sitting in the kitchen cabinet, in a form of an herb or spice.

Turmeric is rhizomatous perennial plant native from South Asia. The vast majority of this herb, from the ginger family, comes from India. The plant needs temperatures between 70F and 85F and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.

One of the key ingredients in many curries, turmeric gives them color and flavor and it’s one of the most popular spices in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.

Turmeric is also used for medicinal purposes. Companies use the root and rhizome (underground stem) to produce supplements, supporting and treating many health conditions such as indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis.

In addition, turmeric extract may help improving poor vision, coughs and increasing milk production for women. It has been used in large quantities as a condiment with no adverse reactions, and supplements are generally safe.

People have been using turmeric as a detoxifying herb for thousands of years in Indonesia. Turmeric use has been recognized and proved by several generations and the herb is considered the “Queen of all herbs” because of its success on treating health issues.

Studies in the United States have showed that turmeric is the most import herb for cardiovascular health, maintaining DNA integrity and improving overall digestion.

Herb Pharm Turmeric Extract - 1 oz.
Herb Pharm Turmeric/Chamomile Compound - 1 oz.
Solaray Turmeric Root Extract 300 mg. - 120 Capsules

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