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Tumeric Overview

Cultivated extensively in India, China and other countries with tropical climate, the spice turmericgives curry powder its distinguishing yellow color. It has a distinctly earthy, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. It is the rhizomes on the root system of the herb that largely bears medicinal characteristics. Since time immemorial, turmeric is known as an anti-inflammatory and is used for the treatment of varied conditions like menstrual difficulties, colic, flatulence, jaundice and others. With increasing research activities into turmeric, The US National Institutes of Health currently has registered 19 clinical trials to study dietary turmeric for a variety of clinical disorders.

To impact a rich yellow color, turmeric is used in baked products and canned beverages, dairy products, yellow cakes, orange juice, cereals, sauces, gelatins etc. It is also used to color salad dressings, margarine and cheeses. For its therapeutic properties, it can also be consumed in form of herbal (infused) tea.

Known for its antiseptic qualities, turmeric is also used in skin creams for cuts, burns and bruises. As a home remedy, it is also said to improve the skin tone and is touted as on anti-aging agent.

Considered highly auspicious in India, turmeric is extensively used in various Indian wedding and religious ceremonies.




Turmeric & India