How To Test If Turmeric Powder Is Authentic Or False

Turmeric is a very powerful spice and natural health remedy. This root plays an important role in Ayurvedic medicine, where is used since thousands of years to treat inflammation. According to modern researchers, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant undeniable proprieties. In this article you will find out how to test the turmeric powder in order to discover if it is authentic of false.

A study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2009, compared the analgesic properties of the active ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, with those of ibuprofen on a total of 107 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis or osteoarthritis. It was found that curcumin acted as effective in pain relief such as ibuprofen, the pharmaceutical substance.

According to the Annals of food fraud, turmeric powder is often adulterated with Sudan dye and a yellow dye called “yellow metanil”, a substance that is not being approved for human consumption and is considered a neurotoxin. In India, many foods are colored yellow metanil and lead chromate, and it appears that export turmeric is no exception to this practice.

Yellow metanil

Widely used in India for the production of sweets like jalebis, yellowmetanil is particularly dangerous. The dye can cause degenerative changes in the stomach, liver and kidney. It has also adversely effects on the ovaries and testicles.

Ingestion of colored food with this substance generates symptoms of dizziness and general weakness, or may even cause food poisoning.

How can you check the purity of turmeric that you bought from the market?
Dissolve a teaspoon of turmeric powder in 100 ml of warm water. Pour over mixture few drops of hydrogen peroxide. If the water takes on a pinkish, purple or reddish color, means that turmeric powder dissolved was adulterated with yellow metanil. 

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