As of 2015, Longvida and Meriva are two turmeric supplements recommended by medical professionals, according to Time.com. The main component in turmeric is a molecule called curcumin, which appears to be effective in blocking inflammation.
Turmeric is a bright yellow Indian spice used in curry powder, notes WebMD. Studies show turmeric extract containing curcumin may reduce symptoms of arthritis, including pain and inflammation. Laboratory studies suggest curcumin may contain medicinal compounds that block the growth of some tumors. More research is needed to determine the health benefits of turmeric.
Preliminary studies found curcumin may also protect against skin diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers and high cholesterol, reports WebMD. It may also be effective in treating upset stomachs, uveitis and viral infections.