Turmeric or Curcuma longa, is a flowering plant in the ginger family Zingiberaceae. It is a perennial, rhizomatous, herbaceous plant native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia that requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and high annual rainfall to thrive.
CAS number 84775-52-0
Botanical Name Curcuma longa
Plant Part Dried rhizomes
Origin of raw material India
Origin of product Egypt
Extraction method Supercritical Fluid (SCF). SCF method is an extraction technique using fluids in conditions that are elevated above their critical point of temperature. The extraction conditions mainly pressure and temperature, are in charge of solubility and selectivity of different compounds in the supercritical fluid Advantages of SCF extraction process include products of 100% natural, fresh close to raw material, high concentration, high solubility, no solvent residues, no inorganic salts, no heavy metals, no reproducible microorganisms, and lipophilic.
Application Traditional use
It is used in the traditional medicine for the relief of digestive disturbances, such as feelings of fullness, slow digestion and flatulence.
In food
Turmeric mainly is used as spice in the Indian kitchen. It is ingredient of several spice mixtures, for example, curry. Due its high content of essential oil that include Turmerone that is responsible of the typical curcuma flavor, it is suitable for flavoring food and beverages.
In food supplements
Even though the Turmeric CO2 extract contains curcuminoids in only low
concentrations, the turmerones contained in the essential oil nevertheless contribute to a physiological effect as they increase the bioavailability of curcumin. In combination with curcumin, the extract can therefore, be used in dietary supplements for general well-being and to support normal gastrointestinal function.
In cosmetics
The essential oil of Turmeric, with turmerone as main component, shows in vitro antifungal effect against dermatophytes, which cause specific fungal infections of the skin, e.g. athlete’s foot. Therefore, the turmeric extract is suitable for use in alternative creams for the treatment and prevention of dermatophytosis.
Shelf Life 5 years