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ORGANIC TURMERIC POWDER
CHANGING HABITS took almost a year of research to find their Organic Turmeric and a supplier that met their stringent requirements. Organically grown in Sri Lanka where it is naturally sun-dried, freshly ground and packed immediately to retain nutrients and maintain the oils, it is also free from fillers, additives and preservatives and is not irradiated (subject to radiation).
* Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, Grain Free, Vegan
Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years and now the science is showing why. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric has been found to be equal, or even superior, to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medication. It is antibacterial and contains antioxidants, manganese, iron, copper and potassium.
History of Turmeric
Turmeric comes from the plant Curcuma longa which is a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae and is native to southwest India.
Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years – first as a dye then later for its medicinal properties and is a major part of both Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine.
Turmeric is a natural source of curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants (to help neutralise free radicals in the body). It is antibacterial (to assist with liver problems and digestive issues) and contains manganese (required for digestion), iron (required for normal cellular function, copper (to help the body use iron) and potassium (an essential nutrient for fluid and electrolyte balance).
Research is currently looking into many of these claims; Pubmed has over 1500 articles related to Turmeric. The main compound in Turmeric that is being tested is curcumin. Curcumin supplements are now becoming available, however these may not always be extracted from Turmeric. The curcumin tablets are retailed to reduce inflammation – long term inflammation is linked to many life style diseases.
CHANGING HABITS Turmeric Powder
CHANGING HABITS organic Turmeric Powder has been organically grown in Sri Lanka. The root is harvested, dried and ground in to a powder and immediately packed to maintain the oils. Nothing is added or extracted – there are no fillers, additives or preservatives and is not irradiated* at any stage.
Turmeric gives food a beautiful, rich yellow colour and it is one of the main spices used in curries. Turmeric has a peppery, warm, and slightly bitter flavour. It is best to consume turmeric with black pepper and fat as they both help with the absorption of the compound curcumin. Turmeric is a versatile spice and can be used to make curries, casseroles, sprinkled on roasted vegetables, used to make a spice rub, and added to rice and soups. Turmeric can also be used to make a tea or broth drink. This wonderful spice can even be added to sweet dishes.
Greenmedinfo has complied many of the research papers on Turmeric – to view visit http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/turmeric
*Irradiation is a process that uses radiation to kill bacteria and extend the shelf life of food. Radiation doses vary for different food stuffs, however the dose limit for spices is usually higher because they are consumed in very small quantities. Irradiated cat food has been banned in Australia since 2009.
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