This spice is packed with antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for your brain, relieves arthritis, prevents cancer and has healing properties. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have been instrumental in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also a popular solution when it comes to preventing Alzheimer disease and the inflammation of body joint. The spice also comes with the benefit of keeping the liver safe by cleansing it from toxins that come with excess alcohol. The American Cancer Society notes that a number of studies have found curcumin kills cancer cells in vitro and reduces the size of tumors in animals. Research on humans with cancer is still preliminary, as researchers try to find safe, effective dosages of curcumin to produce similar effects.