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 Spray drying
Application Traditional use
Curcuma longa is used in the traditional medicine for the relief of digestive disturbances, such as feelings of fullness, slow digestion and flatulence
In food
Curcuma 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 flavour, the Curcuma longa extract is suitable for flavouring food and beverages
In food supplements
Even though the Curcuma longa 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 cantherefore be used in dietary supplements for general wellbeing and to support normal gastrointestinal function.
In cosmetics
The essential oil of Curcuma longa, 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