Long hailed as a wonder spice, there are now more than 5,600 peer reviewed clinical studies showing that the active ingredient, curcumin, possesses anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-degenerative, immune boosting, and anti-aging properties. It has been shown to influence the expression of over 700 genes. It is one of the most widely studied phytochemicals in science and has long been a staple of traditional medicine systems. It can bee used fresh or dried, is widely available and can be easily added to many dishes. Some even enjoy it grated into yoghurt. For those of you near a Planet Organic, they now stock fresh turmeric.