Turmeric is a bright yellow spice powder that is made from the root of a plant in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), Curcuma longa. It has been used in Asia for thousands for years as a dye, food coloring, and in Indian traditional medicine.Fresh turmeric is also used in some dishes. Turmeric powder is a well-known spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. It is famously known as 'Indian Saffron'. Turmeric powder has natural anti-inflammatory compounds called curcuminoids and they have been known to work wonders on various diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel diseases.