Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice originating in southern Asia. It’s a popular ingredient in many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes as well. It’s also consumed for its health benefits. Supplements containing turmeric or curcumin — its main active ingredient — are becoming increasingly common. However, some people are concerned about the possible side effects of high dose turmeric and curcumin supplements. This review looks into the evidence.
What is Turmeric? Turmeric, also known by the scientific name Curcuma longa, is an ancient Indian spice, medicinal herb, and food dye in the ginger family. It is an essential ingredient in Indian curries, with a taste that is often described as bitter and peppery. Nearly all of the world’s turmeric is grown and consumed in India. Turmeric’s root stalks, called rhizomes, are bright yellow or orange. They’re usually dried and ground into powder.
Excerpted from Healthline