If there ever was a spice that deserved full regalia, turmeric would be it. This spicy staple originates from India, where they are responsible for 94% of the production; and it gives Indian food its characteristic flavor. Turmeric is essential in curry, so if you consume curry, you inadvertently consume turmeric- go you!
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and the healing properties reside in its fingerling stalks; and it contains a whole heap of compounds, but the one that is responsible for its medicinal effects is curcuminoids, which lend turmeric its distinctive, clothes staining yellow color. The curcuminoid that deserves the highest praise is curcumin.
Turmeric recipes sweet and savory are lauded for their phenomenal anti-inflammatory properties, which are attributed to the aforementioned curcumin; and it is used in India to natural relieve arthritis, muscle pain and joint inflammation. Experts suggest that the reason for these benefits is that turmeric recipes lower histamine levels; other experts aren’t sure, but really, who gives a hell? It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and comes with zero side effects- that’s all that matters to me.