One of the most talked about supplements around right now is turmeric (active compound curcumin). We all know people who suffer from chronic inflammation of their joints and are taking mouthfuls of ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to medicate their chronic pain. Enter the humble power of turmeric—curcuma longa is the scientific name. This ancient plant has been used in food and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric is a rhizome (subterranean main stem) of the same family as ginger. The plant itself grows to over 3 feet tall, but it’s the stuff in the ground that has garnered so much attention over the years.