Turmeric root is a yellow, fibrous relative of ginger which has long been a popular ingredient in South Asian culinary dishes and cosmetic products. Turmeric’s age old reputation as one of nature’s most powerful healers continues to be backed by ongoing scientific research. It has been used throughout India as a remedy to treat sprains and swelling, and is known to support comfortable movement of the joints. The active ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin, a powerful and diverse compound rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help stimulate the immune system. It is also rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6. Turmeric strengthens digestion, promotes healthy intestinal flora and is an effective remedy for cold and throat irritations. Traditional healers have also used the powder topical as a paste to clear skin problems, and to help prevent infections and speed up wound healing. It is commonly used in the manufacturing of curry powders, adds distinct flavour to stocks and sauces, and can also be used to colour food products and dye fabrics.
Suggested use: 1 teaspoon in water, juice or in food preparation.
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