Turmeric is a beautifully yellow and delicious spice that not only makes food taste great, but it has been used in medicinal practices for centuries. Curcumin is an antioxidant in Turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties. This anti-inflammatory agent is used to suppress inflammation in pancreatic cells, fat cells and muscle cells, which is commonly found in obesity. Turmeric also helps block insulin resistance. Insulin is the chemical your body naturally releases when it has had a spike in blood sugar. When our bodies become resistant to insulin, they begin to store the extra calories, causing weight gain. Turmeric can aid in regulating blood sugar as well as cholesterol levels. Turmeric enhances the flavors in salad dressings, marinades and sauces. Other yellow foods, such as eggs, taste much better when turmeric is added.