Herbal Insights Deep Dive: The Basics and Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric has, arguably, become one of the most popular healing herbs in recent years. It is one of the most highly researched, recognized and commonly used Ayurvedic spices today. Although turmeric may seem like a relatively new and exotic herb on the market, it has actually been around for thousands of years! Only recently however, has this herb been recognized for all its amazing qualities. With that said, it’s time for this edition of our herbal deep dive. Consider this our love letter to turmeric!


Turmeric, a close relative to ginger root, is native to India and South Asia but is now being cultivated in many warm and tropical climates all across the globe. It’s brilliant golden color, and pungent, somewhat bitter, flavor may be recognized in many classic Indian and Asian dishes, such as curry and tikka masala. Turmeric can also often be found mixed with warm, aromatic spices such as cinnamon and ginger or sweet, tangy fruits such as goji berries and orange to balance out the subtle bitter flavor.

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While turmeric’s main constituent curcumin has gotten a lot of buzz these days for its anti-inflammatory actions (and rightfully so,) It is only one part of an amazing plant. Turmeric is jam packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that can not only help reduce inflammation, manage chronic pain, and fight free radical damage but also help improve digestion and balance blood sugar. Due to its natural abundance of antioxidants, it is a wonderful herb to incorporate to support the immune system, especially during the cold and flu season. If that’s not enough, studies have shown that turmeric even has the potential to support cholesterol levels.

This powerful herb has a long history of being used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically for disorders of the liver, skin, digestive system and upper respiratory tract. One of the ways turmeric is beneficial to the liver is that its bitter qualities help stimulate bile, which ultimately aids in the digestion of fats and supports liver function.

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