The aromatic root of Turmeric is related to ginger. Turmeric is one of the important spices in curry powder, it has an exotic aroma, and an intensely saffron-yellow color. Use fresh in sauces, Thai and Indian curry mixes, or as a saffron substitute.
Curcumin, the compound in turmeric responsible for that bright hue, is behind a whole host of the health benefits attributed to the spice.
While turmeric has been marked as Safe for most people (including pregnant and breast-feeding women) and does not cause significant side effects, it can cause some stomach upset in certain people and could make gallbladder problems worse.
Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.