For over 4,000 years, turmeric curcumin has been used throughout India and Asia in a variety of ways. Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant, which is a member of the ginger family, the Zingaberaceae. The turmeric root and stem of the plant are crushed and grinded down to make the beautiful and flavorful turmeric spice now known throughout the world not only for its beautiful color and flavor, but also for its proven medicinal healing powers.
Researchers now know how far this spice dates back after finding fragments of turmeric and ginger on the ancient cooking pots of ancient Indus River artifacts. This is one of the first urban civilizations ever to be formed. Turmeric curcumin added a rich flavor to the foods they made and based on its effectiveness, was utilized as one of their main remedies for healing sickness and disease including but not limited to: stomach pains, skin conditions, a variety of aches and pains, open wounds, heartburn, allergies, colic, liver ailments, and many other health issues. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote of his travels in China stating, “There is also a vegetable here which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron. Turmeric is held in great estimation, and being an ingredient in all their dishes, it bears, on that account, a high price.” Even Africa and the Caribbean started to learn of turmeric’s appeal and started harvesting it. It was wanted by all.
Turmeric curcumin spice also made an appearance in a 1747 cookbook by Hannah Glasse. It was titled The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy. An original recipe for India pickles required Turmeric and a later addition of the cookbook used it in an Indian curry recipe. It was also used in an advertisement for Sorlie’s Perfumery Warehouse where they described their spice blend with curry powder added to it “renders the stomach active in digestion – the blood naturally free in circulation – the mind vigorous – and contributes most of any food to an increase in the human race.” Even hundreds of years ago, they knew the effectiveness of this miracle spice.
Ancient Hawaiians used turmeric curcumin to heal many health problems including for the prevention and healing of sinus infections, to treat ear infections, and to heal gastrointestinal ulcers.
Turmeric Curcumin is also called “Indian Saffron” due to its vivid yellow-orange color. This vivid color is where the majority of curcumin is found. From the curcumin, there are smaller fractions of curcumin called curcuminoids. The plant also contains demothoxycurcumin, bismethooxycurcumin, and cyclocurcumin. These compounds create 3-5% of turmeric though in some areas where farming conditions are better (including weather and overall farming conditions), it can be up to 6-8%.
Dyes made from the mildly spicy root have been used for centuries to color food and clothing. Traditionally, the robes of Buddhist monks were dyed yellow with this infamous spice. In Kerala, India, children wore clothing dyed in turmeric during the Onam Festival. Today, turmeric is added not only to a variety of seasonings, but also to foods such as mustard to give it that beautiful bright yellow color. Turmeric curcumin is the main component in all curry dishes.
Curcumin is also the active ingredient in turmeric, making up between 2-6% of the spice. It not only has medicinal properties but also contains therapeutic properties that treat ailing ligaments and inflamed joints. To receive the greatest amount of curcumin absorbed into the bloodstream, it needs to be combined with black pepper when ingested. It increases absorption into the bloodstream nearly 2000%! Without the combination of black pepper, less than 5% is absorbed with the rest being released through human waste. Numerous studies over the years have found this to be true which is why it’s ideal that IshaPur combines both in one supplement, making it quick and easy to take.
There are no adverse side effects of Turmeric Curcumin making it widely used by people throughout the world. It is non-toxic as well as antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. It is a true miracle spice indeed that can heal the body from the inside out.
Once the roots have been collected during the harvest, they are then rinsed in clean water, cured, and then dried with no dampness left on them. The roots are then ground down to a spice and used for either food, medicinal purposes, or for supplements.
Thankfully, turmeric curcumin grows in abundance in the right conditions so there is no sign of the supply running low. Whether you enjoy it in your food or ingest it in supplement form, your body will thank you for adding it to your diet by rewarding you with great health!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica) is used in a variety of curry dishes prepared in South East Asian countries. What has become a routine food habit is actually a centuries old wisdom. And For a good reason! Turmeric is perhaps among the most prominent health supplements naturally available today. The list of benefits are endless, among those is its “anti-inflammatory” property. Turmeric Curcumin extract from IshaPur is natural, animal friendly and clinically tested.