Turmeric “the golden spice of life” is one of most essential spice used as an important ingredient in culinary all over the world. In the 13th century, writing about his travels in China, Marco Polo mentioned “a vegetable which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the colour, and yet it is not really saffron”. He was describing turmeric.
Turmeric has at least 6,000 years of documented history of its use in Ayurvedic medicines and socio-religious practices. The world is waking up to the natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, which have been used since the vedic ages in the Indian subcontinent. Of late, modern medicine has started to recognize its importance, as indicated by turmeric’s presence in more than 3,000 publications in the last 25 years.