From the Dr. Oz Site:
Turmeric is what gives curry and American mustard its yellow color. The active compound in turmeric root, called curcumin, contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can benefit the cardiovascular and immune systems along with brain function. It can also be used as a pain reliever.
Try consuming fresh or dried turmeric root in large quantities, or try taking 500 mg of curcumin supplements once or twice per day as needed for pain management. Curcumin is difficult for your body to absorb, so choose supplements with added phospholipids or that include “mireva” or “BCM-95” in the ingredients to ensure you’re getting the highest quality extract.