Turmeric (Curcumin) has so many benefits, it is hard to mention them all here, over 10,000 studies referencing turmeric have concluded that its benefits are equal to many pharmaceutical medications.
In fact, many studies showed that curcumin was more advantageous than pharmaceutical medications. These include everything from anti-inflammatory, anti-depressants, arthritis medication, inflammatory bowel disease drugs, diabetes, steroids, cholesterol, skin care and many others.
Most of these studies were done with curcumin as an extract though, so it is not recommended to eat Turmeric in large quantities, however, incorporating it on a normal basis into ones diet both for its amazing flavor as a spice and for its health benefits certainly is.
When cooking with Turmeric, adding a little black pepper can help the body absorb the curcumin better, according to a study in Planta Medica, the piperine in black pepper can increase absorption by as much as 150%