Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is a common spice used in Indian curries which gives them their golden-yellow color. It is a perennial herb native to tropical Southeast Asia .
It has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine as a “tonic and blood purifier” There is extensive scientific research providing support for its therapeutic effects as an anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains the compound Curcumin which is responsible for many of its therapeutic effects.
It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has a protective effect on the liver and aids in increasing bile secretion. It has been shown to reduce the developement of blocked arteries, and reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis. ( It should not be used in high doses if you are breastfeeding).
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