The use of tumeric dates back as much as 10,000 years and was commonly used in China and India. In 1280 AD, Marco Polo recorded information on turmeric in his diary: “There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well the smell as the color, and yet it is not really saffron.” Turmeric has since been used in Europe for over 700 years as a substitute for saffron, which is known to be the most expensive spice in the world.

Antioxidants are important nutrients that support your health by slowing free radical damage to your cells, organs and DNA. Turmeric helps to counteract this process with these curcuminoids that deliver antioxidants that may be 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E, stronger than vitamin C, 3 times more powerful than grape seed or pine bark extract, and strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical that many consider to be the most reactive of all oxidants. Oxidation by free radicals damages cells and DNA, and negatively impacts the aging process. Antioxidants, in general, are key nutrients in supporting memory function, promoting heart health and boosting the immune system.

How to best benefit from turmeric: (1) supplements are recommended, as cooking can eliminate many beneficial properties. (2) Turmeric supplements should contain 100% certified organic ingredients, turmeric extract with at least 95% curcuminoids (3) read the supplement label in order to avoid fillers, additives, and excipients (“other ingredients”). (4) The supplement should use vegetable capsules; avoid gelatin-based capsules, if possible.

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