Turmeric - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Turmeric? 

Turmeric is a  rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant from the ginger family. The rhizome is used to produce the more commonly known bright yellow Turmeric spice powder.  Turmeric the spice has been used for 4000 years in cooking and is the spice that gives Indian curries their distinctive yellow colour. 


Where does Turmeric come from? 

Turmeric is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.  

What are the benefits of Turmeric? 

Curcumin, as one of over 200 compounds within Turmeric, is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. It is a strong antioxidant, and has a metabolic effect in the natural inflammation cycle of the body’s defence mechanisms. You can search a database of published studies and trials here.


Why are anti-oxidants useful? 

Oxidative products can be generated by inefficiencies of biochemical pathways. Some oxidative processes generate free radicals, which can also be found in the environment. Antioxidants, such as curcumin, maintain metabolic efficiency and help optimise free radical release. 


Why are the compounds in Turmeric important? 

Turmeric contains components that can have roles in various metabolic systems. As well as containing antioxidants, turmeric supports processes involved in the inflammation cycle. Inflammation is a natural response to stress factors which normally decreases after time, and is part of the body’s natural defence and structural mechanisms.