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Turmeric: The Most Powerful Medicinal Plant on the Planet

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Surely by now you have heard people talking about turmeric and all the wonderful things it can do. Maybe you have thought, “So what? That’s the stuff in curry powder, right? What’s the big deal?” It’s actually a bigger deal than anyone ever imagined, and scientists are just scratching the surface.

Even though turmeric has been around for thousands of years and has been used in Ayurvedic and ancient Chinese medicine for just as long, westerners and modern medicine is only beginning to catch up to the wonders of this spice. In fact, even if Big Pharmacy never admits that turmeric can prevent or cure anything, there is crystal clear evidence that this spice has amazing medicinal powers. Even Big Pharma cannot deny the proof of more than 4,000 studies! Some scientific research has suggested that turmeric might be helpful for more than 600 different health problems.

Turmeric appears to be super safe as well with almost no side effects other than a very few persons who appear to be allergic to it. Otherwise, there have been no recorded side effects. Big Pharma certainly can never make that claim!

This spice is a close relative of ginger and is typically grown in very much the same way. Although you often find turmeric in a fine, yellow colored powder, the root of the plant is actually a deeper orange color, much like ginger. Most of the turmeric we get today is grown in Pakistan or India, where the root is still used, as it has been for thousands of years, as both a cooking spice, and as a medicine. Although some cultures use the leaves, it’s really the root that is most prized and is most commonly used.

You will sometimes hear turmeric being referred to as Indian Saffron; this is because of the orange/yellow color that turmeric will impart to everything it touches, so it is sometimes used to color cloth and other items, such as food, as well. Turmeric is much less expensive than saffron, so it is often used as substitute colorant.

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