Food is a very potent medicine. I will quote here TURMERIC. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and strong anti-carcinogenic. The active principle in it is
CURCUMIN, cca 4 % concentration in turmeric.
Curcumin is not well absorbed by the body. You can increase the bio-availability by dissolving it in olive oil.
However, there is another point I want to make here.
Foods are SYNERGISTIC. Turmeric in the presence of black pepper and ginger
increases its health powers by a factor of 2,000 (two thousand) times. So
probably the traditional Indian cuisine is a very strong medicine.