The Health Benefits of Turmeric

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

Native to southwest India, turmeric is a perennial plant from the ginger family that requires warm temperatures and considerable rainfall to successfully grow to heights up to two meters. Its roots are comprised of bulbs that have a fragrant, earthy, and somewhat sharp tasteā€”it's best known as the main spice in curry. But turmeric isn't just a food: it's been used for over 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions and there's been a recent resurgence in the use of the plant for health purposes. Curcumin, which is the active substance in turmeric, is known to be a powerful antioxidant. It's also known to lower the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. Thousands of clinical studies have been done on the health benefits of turmeric and it is used to treat a wide variety of diseases and ailments.

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from Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The herb turmeric has been used for more than 5,000 years. (0:23)

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    Putting turmeric on your face may help kill bacteria and acne. (1:43)

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    Turmeric has proved effective in cleaning out arteries. (2:13)

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