While this Ayurvedic spice is a healthy addition to cooking, you may want to take turmeric in supplement form in order to reap the medicinal benefits. Extracts of the whole root are more bioavailable that Curcumin in isolation. 4
Add black pepper or dried ginger to help activate turmeric. Turmeric can be applied topically to a painful joint or swelling as a poultice to relieve pain.