The widespread use of Turmeric has been discovered in many cultures worldwide, dating back thousands of years and has been referred to as “The Spice of Life”.
The Healthy Spice
Turmeric has documented uses dating back centuries in many different cultures but its origins as a health spice are open to debate. Its high Curcumin content was recognised long ago as having benefits far beyond its many culinary uses. There is evidence to suggest that traditional use in Chinese and Indian cultures may date back more than 10,000 years! It was only relatively recently in 1815 that western science first isolated Curcumin. Its crystalline form was obtained in 1870 and its general overall structure was determined by the early 1900s.
Ancient Polynesians are known to have carried Turmeric with them on their perilous voyages across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Carrying it in such circumstances, at can be inferred that not all of it was for culinary use. To this day Hawaiians still use this spice which they call Olena.
The Versatile Spice
In addition to its many health benefits, a number of ancient cultures used Turmeric as a dye for ceremonial garments and wore it formed into beads to ward off evil spirits. In China in 1280 AD, Marco Polo noted in his diary that, "There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true Saffron, as well the smell and the colour, and yet it is not really Saffron." This is assumed to be a reference to Turmeric being used as a substitute for the much more expensive and scarce Saffron.
Curcumin is a strong antioxidant thought to be responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric and its positive effects on digestion. Oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in aging and Curcumin has therefore become very popular component in anti-aging supplements.
Tonvara Turmeric+ contains a high level of Curcumin and is a carefully formulated combination of herbs and spices that are known for their ability to help maintain joint and digestive health. Crucially, Turmeric+ also contains Piperine which increases absorption of Curcumin by a massive 2000%!