Curcumin, the pigment that gives the spice its bright color, has proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for people with cystic fibrosis and arthritis, and may curb multiple forms of cancer. Research also indicates that the compound may help clear Alzheimer’s-related plaques from the brain. (India, where turmeric-rich curries are a daily staple, has some of the lowest Alzheimer’s rates in the world.) We like Simply Organic’s strict quality guidelines, its active recruitment of family growing operations, and its policy of returning 1 percent of profits to organic-farming causes. Find their turmeric and other spices at your local natural grocery for about $4 a bottle. See www.simplyorganicfoods.com for more on the company’s healthy mission.