It is the curcumin in turmeric that gives it its antioxidant properties. Oxidative damage (the chemical reactions that oxygen performs inside our bodies) leads to the development and proliferation of free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules. Free radicals have the potential to damage organs and also create a crazy, disease-prone, inflamed environment inside our body. Antioxidants help flush out free radicals and also work as a brilliant anti-inflammatory.
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As you may already know, turmeric grows from the rhizomes like ginger. The easiest way to find them is to search for
fresh turmeric rhizome in organic food stores. Also, try searching for it in the local garden center or seed store.
Alternatively, you can find a turmeric plant or rhizome online.
The best season to plant turmeric is spring or summer when the temperature starts to stay above 54 F (12 C), but if youare living in tropics, it can be planted throughout the year.
After you have got the rhizome follow the steps below for planting
- Break large rhizome into small pieces, each one should have at least two or three buds.
- Fill a pot with rich organic soil that is moist and well-drained.
- Place it about 2 inches (5 cm) below the soil surface, with the buds facing up.
- Water the pot thoroughly.