Revered as one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, Turmeric is the “Superhero of Spice”. It is used to address a host of health conditions related to the immune, respiratory, nervous, circulatory and digestive systems. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are used for the treatment of joint pains, joint mobility and wounds by traditional healers. Modern medicine has recognised the importance of this golden spice and it is prescribed for arthritic conditions. In Asian cultures, Turmeric infused water is sprinkled at the entrance to homes and work places as a disinfectant and as a face wash to enhance complexion.
A tropical herb, Turmeric thrives in warm, humid conditions and harvesting takes place nine months after planting. Turmeric contains major curcuminoids of which Curcumin is one. Several studies have indicated that Curcumin is beneficial to the immune system, and it interacts with immune cells to protect against immune-related diseases. In addition, scientific research has shown Turmeric to have potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity as well as effectively protecting against inflammation. Curcumin has been found to help reduce oxidative stress and has the potential to lower the risk of various chronic diseases, whilst stimulating the antioxidant mechanism in the body.