Of late, turmeric has taken on a cape-wearing, superpower-wielding level of notoriety. A bright yellow powder that comes from the ginger family, turmeric is often used in Indian or Asian cooking for coloring and added flavor. However, over the past several years, we have seen the additional talents of turmeric emerge in the popular media. Cultures that have used turmeric for thousands of years innately understand turmeric’s benefits. But now modern science is publishing concrete evidence of turmeric’s status as a new superfood. Dr. Josh Axe, in his article “Ten Turmeric Benefits,” refers to turmeric as “potentially the most powerful plant on the planet in its power to fight and reverse disease.”1 How can turmeric hold all of these abilities? To understand the potential health impact of turmeric we must start with a question: What is beneath that cape?