Turmeric has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back about 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, it is used as a principal spice and as a component in religious ceremonies. Its most active compound, curcumin, has many scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to improve heart health and helps prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer. In addition, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.