According to Wikipedia turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. Like ginger, the useful part of the turmeric plant also grows underground. Turmeric is used in cooking many South Asian dishes and also is used worldwide as a natural food coloring due to its deep yellow color.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is being evaluated for its benefits in treating diseases and cancer. Turmeric has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic treatments due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties. The internet has plenty of articles on the benefits of turmeric on arthritis sufferers, diabetes and other ailments.
If you want to add turmeric to your diet I would recommend adding some turmeric to smoothies or you can make turmeric tea. See the recipes below:
Pineapple Watermelon smoothie:
2 cups watermelon cut up into 2 inch pieces.
1 cup pineapple cut into 2 inch chunks
1 orange, peeled and deseeded
½ cup organic coconut milk
1½ cups organic coconut water
½ teaspoon organic turmeric powder
1 teaspoon (or less) of organic cane sugar or honey (If desired)
Put all of the ingredients into a blender until it is creamy like in texture. Makes 2 servings.
For this you will create ahead of time a turmeric honey mixture using 1/3 cup of honey with 1 tablespoon of turmeric. Mix the honey and turmeric together until it turns into a paste. For each cup of tea put in one teaspoon of the honey turmeric paste. On top of that you can add a spritz of lemon juice, add cardamom, or add any other tea flavorings you have to adjust the flavor to your liking. Sip and enjoy.