Many traditional cultures have long used turmeric in their cooking and medicine - and it’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret to them.

On the other hand, Western cultures are only now beginning to learn about turmeric’s incredible healing powers. And as more scientific evidence emerges, this unique spice is beginning to be recognized as a fountain of youth, with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

Many recent scientific studies show that consuming turmeric regularly can lengthen lifespan and improve overall quality of life.

For instance a study done on roundworms found that small amounts of curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, increased lifespan by about 39 percent. Turmeric lowered levels of reactive oxygen species, reducing the extent of cellular damage that normally occurs during aging. Curcumin also improved resistance to heat stress compared to roundworms not taking the spice.

A similar study on fruit flies revealed a 25 percent increase in their lifespan - and here curcumin increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant that protects cells from harmful oxidative damage.

Given its long and established history as a spice and herbal medicine, its medicinal potential, and its safety, curcumin promises to have a great future in preventing and/or delaying age-related diseases.

Some health experts are reluctant to recommend taking turmeric in medicinal doses until human clinical trials have been conducted. But unlike pharmaceutical drugs, taking turmeric is not dangerous for health - as entire civilizations have shown, having consumed large amounts in their normal diets for centuries.

For instance, the average Asian person consumes up to 1,000 milligrams of turmeric a day, which is equal to about 90 milligrams of active curcuminoids per day. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) has compiled a thorough list of turmeric's benefits with detailed information about the doses used to achieve such benefits.