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Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric growing in field Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is native to southwest India, but is now widely distributed throughout southern Asia and Australia. Most of the commercial crop of turmeric still originates in India, however. Turmeric provides the warm taste in curries and yellow mustard, and is ubiquitous in Indian cuisine. It is not a "hot" spice, but its intense earthy flavor makes a strong statement.

Besides its well-deserved place in the kitchen, turmeric has centuries of medicinal use*, with over 3000 studies in the US, UK and India. It has been shown to be: The role of turmeric in arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkison's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and multiple other chronic conditions continues to be investigated. Many of the trials have been done with mice or rats, or in tissue cultures, so it's hard to make assumptions about whether they will help humans or other animals. But some human trials have been done, and others are underway. For further reading, PubMed is one excellent source. lists trials currently in progress or recruiting volunteers, using curcumin for a wide variety of conditions.

Additionhal details on the use of turmeric, especially in the form of Golden Paste, can be found in the Facebook group, the Turmeric User Group. Founded by the vet who developed the Golden Paste, this is an international group with almost 300,000 members using turmeric for theselves, their pets and their livestock.

Prices: 8 ounces $8.50    1 pound $12.99     2 pounds $24.50

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products found on the site are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any condition or affliction. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or are taking medication, consult your healthcare provider before using any of our products as more than culinary flavorings.