Scientifically turmeric is called Cucurma longa. In India it is popularly known as Haldi and is usually yellow in colour. The Indian subcontinent is the native for this rhizomatous plant. The medicinal properties of turmeric are exemplary. The compound curcumin present in turmeric is a very active ingredient which fights against inflammation and is a powerful antioxidant. Studies show that turmeric helps fight against diseases related to the brain, heart and also helps in the prevention of cancer.