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What is turmeric?

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In the U.S., turmeric is best known as a spice. It's one of the main components of curry powder. In India and other parts of Asia, turmeric is used to treat many health conditions. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and perhaps even anticancer properties.

From: Turmeric (Curcumin) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 27, 2017

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