Turmeric is most commonly known as the main ingredient in Indian curry. Turmeric is a flowering plant the root of which is used for cooking and folk medication. The roots of the turmeric plant are used either new, or dried and used in powder form for cooking. Aside from culinary uses turmeric is hailed for its medicinal utility, specifically for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is credited with providing the anti-inflammatory properties of the root of the plant. Additionally, turmeric has several nutrients and vitamins which are important for a healthy diet. One tablespoon of dried and ground turmeric includes (roughly):