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Facts about Turmeric

20 facts about Turmeric

Better than an energy drink

The properties and benefits of turmeric sound like an advertisement for a health supplement. And that is true because turmeric is an affordable dietary supplement with proven effects. Here are some interesting facts about this "golden" drug.
1
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron, is a perennial of the ginger family.
It grows wild in India, where around 40 to 45 species of Curcuma - a genus of plants in the Zingiberaceae family - can be found.
2
It originates from Southeast Asia and India.
The first mention of turmeric dates back to the ancient Assyrian herbal books.
3
The usable part of the plant is the rhizome.
Often branched, it is oblong, ovoid, cylindrical, or pear-shaped.
4
The primary ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
It is a polyphenolic antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. The turmeric rhizome contains 0.5 to 5% of curcumin.
5
The turmeric rhizome consists of 60% starch, 20% fiber, 7% protein, and 5% fat.
6
Turmeric contains vitamins and minerals in marginal amounts.
These are B vitamins, vitamin E, and K, as well as calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, copper and zinc.
7
Turmeric has medicinal properties and is used as a spice and dye, in the cosmetic industry, and as an ornamental plant.
8
It is a herbal raw material.
Since the 1st century B.C., turmeric has been used as a remedy for menstrual pain, parasitic and respiratory diseases, and treating stomach ulcers, liver diseases and various inflammations.
9
Curcumin contained in turmeric shows an anti-cancer effect inside the infected cell.
It "searches" for malignant cells in the body and destroys them.
10
In their studies, scientists have found promising effects of turmeric in treating Alzheimer's disease.
The substances contained in turmeric are responsible for stimulating the brain cells.

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