Totally Turmeric

Natural Solutions|November/December 2019

Totally Turmeric
THE WHAT, HOW, AND WHY BEHIND THIS POWERFUL SPICE

Abright yellow spice found in the root of the Curcuma longa plant, turmeric has been touted as a powerful anti-inflammatory for centuries. Used in both ancient Chinese and Indian systems of medicine, the spice has shown up throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy, and textile dye. Even more potent is turmeric’s active compound—curcumin—which produces no known toxic side effects and has been proven in some studies to be just as effective as popular over-the-counter pain relief medications.

But how can we tap into turmeric’s power—and why should we? Eating Naturally asked Daniel Sullivan, founder and CEO of Temple Turmeric (creator of drinkable organic turmeric), to break it down.

NATURAL SOLUTIONS: How does turmeric help support a positive inflammatory response in the body?

DANIEL SULLIVAN: Turmeric’s active compound —called curcumin—helps your body maintain a positive inflammatory response so it can focus on what needs attention without going into hyperdrive. Inflammation is supposed to be a healing gift from our immune system to protect, balance, and maintain the health of your body. However, when inflammation exceeds normal levels and becomes ongoing, it can damage normal cells and tissue to create negative effects.

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November/December 2019