Turmeric has many numerous health benefits, as reported by the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The root vegetable, orange in color, belongs to the ginger family. Turmeric has been used in India and the Middle East for thousands of years as a spice, mainly used in curries to give the dish its flavor and color. The root of the vegetable is used for medicinal purposes and contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.