Research is still in its early stages, but according to the American Cancer Society, tests indicate that curcumin "interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread" and has boosted the effects of chemotherapy in animals. See? Pretty legit.
It delays diabetes
Among those verging on type 2 diabetes, curcumin capsules seem to help stall the onset of the disease. The study that returned these results found that while a little more than 16% of people taking a placebo wound up with a diabetes diagnosis, no one taking curcumin received one.
"It helps with so many diseases because of being such a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory," says Christman. Again, WHY THE HELL AREN'T YOU EATING TURMERIC?
How to work it into your diet
According to Christman, turmeric's mild, slightly bitter flavor works well typical stir-fries, but also in egg salad -- you can also put turmeric powder onto veggies, from peas to cauliflower. Or you can even be lazy and take a rounded spoonful a day.
"A therapeutic dose would be more like two to three teaspoons a day, but you'd want to talk to your healthcare provider first," she recommends. "There haven't been any reported liver problems with turmeric (in humans), but high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems in animals, so you may want to avoid using it as a dietary supplement and just add it in."