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What is Turmeric?

 

Turmeric is a naturally occuring plant of the Ginger family, which grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia.

Turmeric is often processed and sold as a bright yellow, aromatic powder. Tumeric powder is a main spice in curry and used in a variety of Asian cooking recipes. The root is used in the making of medicine.

Turmeric has a rich history of use in cooking, folk medicine, dies, and cultural ceremonies. More recently, Turmeric variations are making their way in preliminary medical research, increasing its popularity as a health supplement.

 

Why is Turmeric beneficial?

Supporters of Turmeric make a variety of claims regarding it's effectiveness as a health supplement.

However, according to the MedlinePlus service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates Turmeric as "Possibly effective" for Stomach upset (dyspepsia) and Osteoarthritis. They state that:

"Some research shows that taking turmeric by mouth might help improve an upset stomach and some research shows that taking some turmeric extracts can reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing pain."

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Turmeric is often misspelled as Tumeric.

Turmeric is also known as:
Curcuma, Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma domestica, Curcumae longa, Curcumae Longae Rhizoma, Curcumin, Curcumine, Curcuminoid, Curcuminoïde, Curcuminoïdes, Curcuminoids, Halada, Haldi, Haridra, Indian Saffron, Nisha, Pian Jiang Huang, Racine de Curcuma, Radix Curcumae, Rajani, Rhizoma Cucurmae Longae, Safran Bourbon, Safran de Batallita, Safran des Indes, Turmeric Root, Yu Jin

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References

This website and related parties make no claim as to the effectiveness of Turmeric supplements. You are encouraged to perform your own research before using Turmeric in supplement form.

The NIH states that "Turmeric is LIKELY SAFE when used appropriately by adults and usually does not cause significant side effects. However, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea."

Here are a variety of interesting resources regarding Turmeric, including those which were used for this website: