There are relatively many studies on the health benefits of curcumin, a chemical compound in the spice turmeric, popularly found in curry spice blends and curry dishes. Some promising clinical trials have shown curcurmin is effective in various pro-inflammatory diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, lupus, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Gupta SC, Patchva S, Aggarwal BB. Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials. AAPS J. 2013 Jan;15(1):195-218.