It’s pretty much my favorite spice, not only for the almost encyclopedic list of health benefits, but also for the taste. It’s actually a member of the ginger family, and the plant’s healing properties reside in its fingerlike stalk. It is known for alleviating arthritis and joint inflammation, even carpal tunnel syndrome.

And then there’s cancer. There are at least 30 published studies indicating that the active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has an antitumor effect.

Curcumin also has a positive effect on cholesterol and has powerful antioxidant properties as well. Curcumin is a very liver-friendly food, making it something I like to recommend for people with various liver ailments, including hepatitis.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

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