Turmeric or 'Indian saffron' or botanically: Curcuma longa, belongs to the ginger family; turmeric is a rhizome. Do not confuse it with saffron which is a spice derived from a flower. India is its world's largest producer and consumer. It is known as one of the greatest herbal healers, used for thousands of years, in China and mainly in India, for treating cancer to Alzheimer's disease. It is reported that turmeric: is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent; has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and other types of cancer; reduces the risk of childhood leukemia; is a liver de-toxifier; can act as an anti-inflammatory; can act as a pain killer; can treat depression; and is known to speed the healing of wounds.
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