The Indian spice turmeric has earned quite an impressive reputation in recent years.  Curcumin is the main curcuminoid found in turmeric, and it is responsible for both its color and partially for its anti inflammatory properties.  Prized for its unique and unmistakable taste for thousands of years, this ancient spice is now being seen as a serious disease fighter.

Researchers have noted that turmeric has the ability to actually shrink tumors.  In lab tests, it has been shown to activate substances in the body, which reduce brain and lung tumors.  Of course, this stands on its own as an impressive accomplishment.  However, it doesn't tell the full story of how turmeric can contribute to improving the health of those that regularly take this most impressive spice.

Safety is always the most important issue where health and fitness is concerned.  Turmeric has been used for thousands of years.  As a result, we already know that turmeric is safe to consume and well tolerated as well.

In addition to being a tumor fighter, turmeric is also being studied for its ability to fight a range of different cancers.  In fact, turmeric may even help avoid cancers from forming in the first place.

As if all of this were not quite impressive enough, there is yet more impressive information.  Turmeric is also currently being studied for its promising ability to help with devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.  Thus, the same spice that may stop and shrink tumors and fight cancer may also help with the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

As mentioned earlier in this article, turmeric is also one of nature's single most powerful natural anti-inflammatory foods.  Turmeric works so well that it is often used to treat inflammation instead of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.   Individuals with inflammation issues, ranging from a simple injury to arthritis and gout, have found that this impressive spice can offer substantial pain relief and reduce inflammation.

Many diseases need inflammation.  Cancer is a prime example of this fact.  Since turmeric can slow or even halt inflammation in the body, it is not really shocking to see that turmeric is getting more and more attention as a safe way of addressing inflammation.

Does turmeric work on a variety of different inflammation issues?  The simple answer is, yes.  You can easily test out the power of turmeric yourself the next time that you are injured.  Turmeric's ability to reduce inflammation and swelling is quite impressive, and once you've experienced it firsthand, you are likely to start keeping it on hand.

Turmeric can be easily used as a spice and it is available anywhere spices are sold.  Further, turmeric tea is another option.  While not yet common in most of the West, it is slowly beginning to catch on.  Additionally, turmeric root makes for a great way to spice up any dish.  With all that turmeric has to offer, why not give it a try?