Johnson is an Odessa farmer who has the only crop of organic turmeric in the Tampa Bay area. He believes turmeric can help alleviate health problems associated with arthritis, digestion, mental health and more.
“It’s good for humans and animals,” Johnson says.
His beliefs are backed up a recent CNN report which discussed the health benefits of turmeric. There is already good medical evidence the spice can help control pain due to arthritis of the knee and decrease the likelihood of a heart attack after bypass surgery.
The key to turmeric's healing power is curcumin, the chemical active ingredient the plant creates.
Turmeric is also being used in cosmetics due to its natural dye.