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Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), and is also known as Curcuma longa. The herb is native to tropical South Asia, and for healthy growth needs temperatures roughly between 68 and 86 degrees farenheit, and a good amount of rainfall. The plants are annually gathered for their rhizomes (underground stems), and are re-seeded from some of those for the next crop.
In India, turmeric is readily available and has been used by many as an antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises, and has also been used as an antibacterial agent. It is said to contain flouride, which is beneficial for teeth. In some countries, turmeric is also taken as a dietary supplement to help with stomach problems. The herb is being investigated for potential benefits in conditions of Alzheimer's disease, cancer and liver disorders. In Japan turmeric tea is a popular item in the city of Okinawa. Under the name of Avea, turmeric is sold as a treatment for depression.
Turmeric is a mild aromatic stimulant used in the manufacture of curry powders and mustards. In the same family as ginger, cardamom and zedoary. The curcumin in turmeric has recently been shown effective in the fight against breast cancer, Alzheimer's and arthritis. It is also recommended to ingest a small amount of turmeric everyday to help give your skin a healthy glow. While this Ayurvedic spice is a healthy addition to cooking, you will need to take turmeric in supplement form in order to reap the medicinal benefits. Turmeric is very reasonably priced, I buy a good quality grade of bulk turmeric powder, and make my own capsules to save money and ensure quality. Add black pepper, or dried ginger to help activate turmeric or choose supplements that include it.