Joe Petersen of Petersen's Vegies grows fresh turmeric in the Wide Bay and you can find him at the Nikenbah and Koala markets.
Joe Petersen of Petersen's Vegies grows fresh turmeric in the Wide Bay and you can find him at the Nikenbah and Koala markets. Contributed

Turmeric is super good and grown in the Wide Bay

OPINION: Could turmeric be the new super food?

It has been used for around 4000 years as a medicine, but why?

Turmeric is from the same botanical family as ginger.

It is grown here in the Wide Bay but predominantly grows in India and South-East Asia where it is used as the base of most of the curries there.

But what is it about turmeric that is so special?

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, which makes up around 3-5% of the spice.

Curcumin is now one of the fastest growing super foods in the health and science worlds.

And this is due to its huge array of scientifically proven healing properties.

Curcumin is an anti-oxidant protecting against the harmful effects of free radical damage.

So it can not only prevent skin aging, (so it's a great beauty booster); but it can also halt other signs of free radical damage including tissue and organ dysfunction in the heart, where it can prevent heart failure, many liver conditions and cancer formation and spread.

It is also showing promise in reversing and treating Alzheimer's disease.

And if that doesn't grab your attention curcumin additionally shows it can act as an anti-inflammatory.

In testing it was comparable to the potent pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories such as hydrocortisone and ibuprofen.

Curcumin is proving itself in treating IBS, osteoarthritis and obesity to name a few.

Joe Petersen of Petersen's Vegies grows fresh turmeric here in the Wide Bay, and says "I just eat it raw".

I tried it myself and it's not too bad, a bit like a spicy carrot.

For a good sinus/cold recipe using turmeric or an appointment with Honor, visit her Facebook page: Honor Tremain Thriving Nutrition or email honnutrition@hotmail.com.



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