Turmeric for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capability
1. Turmeric Contains bioactive compounds (Curcuminoids) with potent antioxidant capability.
Turmeric has been used in Indian cooking and as a medicine for thousands of years. Recent research has confirmed what Indians new all along. Turmeric, in fact, does posses medicinal benefits.
Turmeric contains a bio-compound called Curcumin or Curcuminoids, this is where the benefits of Turmeric come from. Curcumin makes up just about 3% of the weight of Turmeric. Curcumin is also poorly absorbed (bioavailable). To increase the bioavailability of Curcumin one need to take with peperine (substance in black pepper) and a fat/oil. Peperine can increase the bioavailability of Curcumin by 2000% (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120).
Most studies on Turmeric are using a Curcumin extract with a standardized dose of 95% Curcuminoids.
2. Curcumin has a high anti-inflammatory capability
It is believed and accepted by most doctors (that aren't sheep) that low levels of inflammation over a long period of time increased and are responsible for most chronic western diseases ie.. Heart Disease, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, Cancer, Metabolic Syndrome and various degenerative conditions like arthritis
Curcumin is just as effective if not more effective than nSAID (Ibuprofen/Aspirin etc) drugs (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15489888). The catch here is that Curcumin has no side effects and many other heath benefits