Demystifying Turmeric: health benefits and uses

The use of turmeric in food and medicine dates as far back as 4,000 years. Clearly, turmeric has withstood the test of time and proven its benefits in human diet. In ancient (Hindu) Vedic culture, turmeric was also an essential ingredient in religious and social ceremonies--a practice that continues till today. When added to food, the spice lends its signature orange-yellow color and warm (not spicy), earthy, bittersweet peppery flavor. In 700 A.D., turmeric is documented to have traveled to China from India.  In 1,280 A.D., Marco Polo--an Italian explorer, writer, and merchant who spent 17 years in China--related turmeric...

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