By Dr. Mercola
For more than 5,000 years, turmeric has been an important part of Eastern cultural traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Valued for its medicinal properties and warm, peppery flavor, this yellow-orange spice has more recently earned a name for itself in Western medicine as well.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is native to Indonesia and southern India, and is widely used as an ingredient in curry dishes and yellow mustard. As research into this powerful spice has increased, it has emerged as one of nature’s most powerful potential healers.
Turmeric’s Beneficial Effects in a Nutshell
- Strengthens and improves digestion
- Supports healthy liver function and detox
- Purifies your blood
- Contains curcuminoids that fight cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s