Turmeric is an herbaceous plant of the ginger family that dates back nearly 4,000 years to ancient India.
Its bright yellow color, fragrant and delicious flavor, and well-tested therapeutic properties have made it a popular spice in Chinese, African, and Jamaican cooking and medicinal practices for thousands of years (1).
Today, turmeric is most often used for cooking, but as modern medicine has discovered its potent medicinal properties, it’s made a re-entry into the health and wellness scene. Numerous studies over the past few decades have shown multiple medicinal benefits of consuming this spice, and scientists are continually impressed with the potent pharmacological benefits found in turmeric.
In this article, you will learn the four main medicinal benefits of turmeric, the four key things you should look for in a turmeric supplement, and how to know if a turmeric supplement is right for you.