Turmeric is the orange-yellow spice from which curries are made. Turmeric is more than a pleasant taste and has long been used in folk medicine. Scientists now understand that the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, has anti-inflammatory properties.
Recent studies in rats have shown that turmeric can slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that turmeric / curcumin is more effective when consumed than when applied topically. But it’s good because it tastes very good in all types of dishes. If you don’t like the taste, curcumin capsules also work.