Turmeric is part of the ginger family, and has a thick rhizome, which is yellowish on the outside and deep orange or reddish brown inside. The lateral rhizomes contain more yellow colouring than the bulb. Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. The major active principle is curcumin.
Turmeric may help to:
- Reduce cholesterol
- Prevent damage to heart tissue
- Prevent memory loss
- Prevent the development of cancer cells
- Support the immune system