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What Is Turmeric Good For?

Turmeric and curcumin are often used synonymously but they’re not the same. Turmeric supplements are made from the underground stem (rhizome) of the Curcuma longa plant and is a common spice.

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In this Healthy Insight:

What is turmeric?

You may be most familiar with turmeric as a spice in curry dishes, but turmeric has also been used in traditional medicine for skin, bone, digestion and respiratory issues. 

Turmeric and curcumin

Turmeric and curcumin are herbs often used synonymously but they’re not the same. Turmeric supplements are made from the underground stem (rhizome) of the Curcuma longa plant and is a common spice. Curcumin is a major component of turmeric, and the turmeric benefits are often attributed to the curcuminoids within curcumin. Curcumin is also what gives turmeric its yellow color. 

Turmeric uses and benefits

  • Supports bone and joint health
  • Eases stiffness for comfort and smoother movement
  • Promotes gut health to protect your defenses
  • Supports healthy, clear skin
  • Helps support immune system to stay strong
  • Encourages proper digestion
  • Delivers powerful antioxidants
  • Works with the body’s natural defenses
  • Plays a beneficial role in overall cardiovascular and cholesterol health

Recently there has been an enormous amount of interest in turmeric with millions who swear by the many health benefits of turmeric

As always, if you decide to add turmeric for your daily health regime, please consult with your healthcare provider first. Then start with the lowest dose and monitor from there.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  

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