TURMERIC also known as Poor Mans Saffron has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance, slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, while its best known as one of the ingredients used to make Curry.
It gives a yellow color to the curries or the dishes. Its used in food as well as in religious acts and as an anti-inflammatory even as dye for fabrics.
Turmeric is used in ground form mostly. Its roots are used in pickles.
Turmeric a powerful medicine, has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti inflammatory agent to treat wide variety of conditions like jaundice, flatulence, menstrual difficulties, tooth aches, bruises and many more.
Turmeric cholesterol lowering effects are the result of its active agent "Curcumin" which research reveals is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in liver cells directing them to increase the production of mRNA (messenger proteins) that direct the creation of receptors of LDL (bad) cholesterol. With more LDL receptors liver cells are able to clear more LDL cholesterol from the body.