Black turmeric, as a foodBlack turmeric is a rare herb found in the stem of the Cucurma caesia plant. It is said to have a pungent smell and is somewhat bitter, with an earthy taste. For this reason, black turmeric (different from yellow and white turmeric), is not used as often in cooking but more often found in medicines and supplements.
Black turmeric, as a supplementAccording to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, primarily in South Asia, for many conditions, including breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain and fatigue. Today, it is used as a dietary supplement for inflammation; arthritis; cancer and stomach, skin, liver and gallbladder problems.
Why we chose itBlack turmeric extract is one of nature’s richest sources of polymethoxylated flavonoids (PMFs). The PMFs from black turmeric may directly target the circadian clock and have been shown to modulate several important metabolic factors. Since PMFs balance circadian rhythm and many aspects of metabolism are regulated on a daily cycle, it is not surprising that they may have a profound impact on diet, weight management and overall health. PMFs help get our whole body back in sync which, in turn, helps us get the deep sleep we need and greatly increases our chances of achieving optimal health.
Fun facts about black turmeric:
- It thrives in tropical climates which is why it is mostly found in India and Southeast Asia.
- It has been used by tribes in northeastern India to ward off evil spirits and kept in pockets or medicine bags.
- It is a member of the ginger family.