Turmeric epitomizes The flowers of the Middle East and India – it gives curry its distinct color and taste - while providing value medicinal benefits. Native to southern Asia, the plant can reach 4 feet in height and produces large, oval, upright leaves on sturdy stems and spikes of pale pink or white flowers. The spice is processed from the yellow root. For more than 4,500 years, natural healers have relied on the spice to reduce inflammation, fight infections, and ease digestion. It contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that purge is free radicals. There are indications that curcumin can inhibit certain cancers and may prevent subsequent heart attacks in bypass surgery patients.