Turmeric is a treasure. Turmeric is a member of the Ginger family and shares some of the actions of ginger, but with less spicy heat. It is one of the most researched medicinal herbs.
Turmeric has been used in cooking for centuries. Turmeric is the spice that gives curries and Butter Chicken their glowing golden hue. But it’s not just a tasty spice. It is an important herb in traditional medicine. In curries it aids digestion by stimulating the liver and gastric juices. It stokes the inner fire and warms you up. Something we all need to get through winter.
Turmeric helps with inflammation, aids the body’s immune response, protects the liver, and reduces the size of tumours. (Isn’t that amazing!) It has broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. It helps with weight-loss by controlling blood sugar spikes, and can help with diabetic control. In scientific studies curcumin, a derivative of turmeric, was found to be as effective as ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis, without the gastric distress of the drug.
Cocavo uses a two-step process when extracting Turmeric oil, the first stage is to shred the raw turmeric into a pulp. Typically the shredding process uses a steel rotating disc, pulp is loaded into a large feeding tube and falls into a filter bag. The second process is the hydraulic press, this exposes the shredded turmeric to extreme pressures between two plates. The pressure causes the oil content from the pulp to drip into a collection tray below. Once the oil has been extracted from the pulp we take it to the Cocavo blending plant where it’s added into ‘Cocavo with Turmeric and Lemon’.