Turmeric or Haldi, as Indians know it, comes from the root of the Curcuma plant. The use of Haldi goes back to Vedic times. India produces nearly all the worlds turmeric and also consumes a significant part of it.
Among its many wonderful properties it has been demonstrated to act as an anti-inflamatory agent. It also acts like an anti-oxidant which prevents the build up of plaque in your arteries. It also helps in the reduction of LDL (low density lipo-proteins) or bad cholesterol. It does this with minimal to no side effects unlike medication.
There is growing evidence that turmeric also helps slow down alzheimers. People with alzheimers have an inflation in their brain and the anti-inflamatory properties of turmeric acts to reduce this inflamation.
Turmeric also protects your cells from free radicals and has been shown to helps the body destroy cancer cells including colon and prostrate cancer. Among it many wonderful benefits, it has also been shown to aid in relieving a cough.
If it is not already part of your diet, you should make 1-3 gms of turmeric powder an essential part of your food. It is worth its weight in gold.