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Turmeric and its many benefits

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia. It has been cultivated since ancient times in India. The plant is used as a spice, dye or therapeutic due to its multiple health benefits. (sources : Wikipédia)

In this article, we will specifically talk about everything you need to know about the benefits of turmeric and how to use it on a daily basis.

Turmeric and its many benefits

Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties which can treat several diseases or symptoms. It can be used for internal or external use.

Turmeric protects us from certain diseases due to cell aging thanks to the curcumin it contains.

To benefit form turmeric and his benefits, it can be used as:

Dietary supplement

Research has shown that turmeric can be considered as a dietary supplement, therapy or prevention:

  • contains powerful antioxidants. This would prevent certain cancers or cardiovascular diseases;

  • is also a good source of iron and manganese. It thus contributes to the proper development of the body's immune system;

  • helps treat digestive disorders or relieve inflammatory diseases such as arthritis or osteoarthritis.


Turmeric helps to:

  • prevent cancer and contribute to its treatment;

  • treat stomach ulcers and inflammatory diseases;

  • reduce hyperlipidemia and the risk of cardiovascular disease;

  • treat gingivitis;

  • prevent type 2 diabetes and reduce inflammation in diabetic patients with kidney disease;

  • improve cognitive performance in Alzheimer's patients;

  • treat digestive disorders;

  • treat stomach ulcers and liver problems;

  • relieve inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis).

Sources : Passeport Santé

Cosmetic ingredient

With its beautiful orange color and earthy taste, turmeric is best known for its use in cooking. And it does a lot of good for our skin and our hair. Turmeric:

  • illuminates the complexion and gives a "healthy glow" effect (to be used in low doses);

  • helps eliminate blemishes, regulate sebum production and limit the appearance of comedones and blackheads;

  • reduces dark circles and puffiness under tired eyes;

  • fights against aging, which makes it an important anti-aging ally;

  • treats dandruff and stimulates hair growth.

Turmeric can be used in the form of powder or essential oil. In powder, it is preferably used as a mask (never use spice mixtures on the skin). The essential oil can be incorporated daily into a treatment or a vegetable oil at the rate of 10 drops for 30 ml (not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women).

How to cook turmeric?

Delicately bitter, turmeric can be used alone to color or spice up all kinds of dishes. It can be added to rice or soups or chicken dish or legumes or even a vegetable stir-fry.

Turmeric blends delicately with pepper, ginger, coriander or cinnamon to spice up your dishes and sauces.

Turmeric from Madagascar and its specificities

Turmeric from Madagascar is different from other origins: more orange, more curcumin, less earthy taste and slightly sweet.

Like most products from Madagascar, turmeric is grown without pesticides and comes mainly from the southeastern region of the big island. The cultivation of turmeric makes it possible to feed some countries of farmers.

Madagascar is an extraordinary land. Its insular location, the diversity of its reliefs and its climates are reflected in the unique intrinsic qualities of its plants. The soil of Madagascar is thus recognized throughout the world as a veritable sanctuary for botanists and pharmacologists. (Sources : Voany)

Where to find good turmeric in Quebec?

MATANA markets spices from Madagascar which are packaged in Quebec. You can get it in its online store or with our shop representatives

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Turmeric and its many benefits

MATANA's main objective is to promote Madagascar through its endemic and exceptional products. Matana donates part of its profits to improve the living conditions of local farmers (Malagasy).

Our Malagasy suppliers are rigorously chosen. We work with local companies and producers who share our values: natural products, respectful of the environment and human conditions.

By buying our products, you support a Quebec company and the Malagasy producers of these products that do you so much good.

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