Turmeric has been used for centuries in cooking but also as an aid to ward off various ailments. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric has many health benefits. Most recently it has been discovered that it may assist in the treatment of both cancer and dementia. Curcumin has also been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol, which if reduced, may decrease the chances of heart attacks and stroke. For many a year Turmeric has been known as an anti inflamatory but it is also thought that it may help to reduce the risk of colds and flus. All in all it is Natures wonder spice.