Turmeric, a well-known staple in any Indian kitchen, can do a lot more than add flavor to your curry or chutney. The golden-colored spice has been noted to have strong, anti-inflammatory properties.

While it is quite safe to eat with a meal or apply on your skin, do consult a healthcare provider before considering supplements. According to research, here are some of the possible health benefits of turmeric.

1. To ward off chronic disease

"Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory compounds called curcuminoids, and these curcuminoids have been associated with a positive effect on various diseases," said Anya Guy, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.

Inflammation, as you may know, it the cause of several long-term health conditions. As a result, many studies have examined the potential of turmeric to ward off heart disease or reduce the risk of certain cancers. While research is still in early stages, experts have found the potential to be very promising.

2. As an aid for weight loss

It is said that curcumin can help in reducing inflammation in pancreatic, fat and muscle cells. While most research on the link has involved rats, there was a clinical study in 2015 which saw 44 human participants experiencing a healthy weight loss over the course of two months. 

Of course, simply adding turmeric to your diet is not going to do much. It can only act as a potential aid when combined with other weight loss efforts such as physical activity and the elimination of processed foods. Even those in the aforementioned study, were asked to make healthy changes to their lifestyle in addition to taking turmeric.

3. For improving your skin

Whether you opt for hot turmeric tea or prefer using a topical turmeric beauty product, your skin may benefit from a much-needed antioxidant boost. There is no strong evidence yet on turmeric being a miracle cure for acne. But some dermatologists have noted that it could support collagen production.

For people who suffer from Psoriasis, it is said that turmeric could help in controlling flare-ups. While dietary inclusion is safe, it is recommended that you speak to a health professional who can advise you on turmeric supplements and whether you can benefit from them. 

4. To ease osteoarthritis pain

If you are prone to joint pain and soreness, registered dietitian Jessica Cording, M.S., notes that it may be worth including some turmeric in your next smoothie to ease the pain.

In a review published in 2016, participants from many trials reported that their osteoarthritis-related pain had reduced after taking curcumin. "Its efficacy in reducing pain, physical function, and quality of life among osteoarthritic patients has been demonstrated in many clinical trials," the authors wrote.