Turmeric is a plant root traditionally used in Indian cooking and found in many traditional ancient remedies in Southeast Asia. In modern times it seems that just about everywhere you look there are more and more turmeric supplements! And for good reason: they work!
So why do they work? Turmeric is full of curcuminoids which are a natural anti-inflammatory that works on some of the same receptors as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen. The benefit of turmeric is that it has not shown the same adverse effects on the kidney or stomach that the NSAIDs have shown.
Several scientific studies have shown improvement in joint pain and arthritis pain that is as good as prescription NSAIDS!