When using the whole turmeric root, you can either cut it up and eat it by itself, or incorporate it into your salads or freshly made meals. When eaten as a root, turmeric tastes slightly bitter and peppery. It is best to eat between 1.5 and 3 grams each day.
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer. It's a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.