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Many stud­ies show that turmeric ( Cur­cuma longa) and its po­tent con­stituent, cur­cumin, can help pre­vent in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tions, au­toim­mune dis­eases, neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems in­clud­ing Alzheimer‘s, heart dis­ease, can­cer and di­a­betes. Cur­cumin also ex­hibits an­tivi­ral, an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Turmeric can be grown from plants or prop­a­gated from the fresh roots avail­able at Asian stores and week­end markets. It‘s frost ten­der, so grow them in con­tain­ers that can be moved in­doors over win­ter. You can also buy plants from Rus­sell Fran­sham’s Sub­trop­i­cals Nurs­ery from early sum­mer, or prop­a­gate your own from the ed­i­ble rhi­zomes. Choose the largest, least shriv­elled roots and leave in a warm, dry place out of di­rect sun un­til shoots ap­pear. Press the roots shoot-side up into a blend of potting mix and com­post. Water care­fully and place in a very warm, sunny spot.

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