What is turmeric, and why do we need it?

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is commonly added to Asian curries and rice dishes, Healthspan's turmeric is found on the slopes of the southern states of India. It is also used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine: an Indian holistic approach to healing that dates back 3,000 years. Turmeric is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. The health-boosting properties are believed to come from the root’s main active ingredient, curcumin, which is what gives turmeric its bright colour. It’s now also a popular nutritional supplement for both supporting cartilage that cushions the joints and immune function.

What does turmeric do?

Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is believed to be a powerful antioxidant which may help to support immune function by protecting against the free radicals that cause disease. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Most chronic diseases have an inflammatory component, including heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

Turmeric also contains essential vitamins and minerals, especially manganese and iron. These are vital for healthy bones, oxygen transport, thyroid function and metabolism. Turmeric may also increase the activity levels of liver enzymes, stimulate bile production and improve digestion to relieve bloating.

This bright yellow spice offers some surprising benefits, and today is used as a dietary supplement for supporting the immune system, as well as stomach, skin, liver, and gallbladder problems, and other conditions.

Dr Sarah Brewer

Turmeric supplements

Turmeric rangeWe love Opti-Turmeric due to its fast absorbing properties, but we also have a range of other turmeric products to suit everyone. We have even enhanced some of your favourite products with turmeric, such as omega 3, multivitamins and glucosamine, to help give them an extra boost of goodness.


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Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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