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Roots 101: The Basics

Roots 101: The Basics

Here's a quick primer on the science behind the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, ginger and beets. Why Turmeric? Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant (Curcuma longa) in the ginger family, is the major source of the polyphenol curcumin. Curcumin (1,7-bis(4-hydroxy-3methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadien-3,5- dione) is also known diferuloylmethane is yellowish polyphenol. Traditionally, turmeric is used in Asian countries as a medicinal herb for numerous pathologies due to its anti-radical, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer activities [1]. Did we mention it's also delicious?! In India, turmeric—containing curcumin—it's used in curries; in Japan, it's served in tea; in Thailand, it's used in cosmetics; in China, it's...

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