10 Surprising Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric is a spice harvested in Asia from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa, a perennial plant in the same family as ginger and cardamom. The rhizomes are boiled, dried in hot ovens, and ground into a powder. Turmeric’s bright yellow color and earthy taste are a familiar component in curry powder, and it can be used as a natural dye for all kinds of things—from soap, to tie-dyed t-shirts, to Easter eggs.

10. Heal your heart

Blood vessels are damaged by the oxidation of cholesterol. This also leads to the build-up of plaques that cause heart attack and stroke. In research trials, curcumin has been shown to prevent cholesterol from oxidizing, and to increase the levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the good cholesterol necessary for health.

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