Indexed on: 10 Oct '16Published on: 07 Sep '16Published in: Journal of Ethnic Foods
Turmeric is a plant that belongs to the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, and is one of the main ingredients in curry powder. Turmeric is often called the golden spice and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow color, has been confirmed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious effects. It is also known to prevent dementia and promote liver health. For these reasons, turmeric is regarded as a therapeutic food additive with many health benefits beyond its nutritional value. In this paper, the health benefits of turmeric were examined through human intervention studies.