This is such an interesting article and the comments are very helpful as well.
Does turmeric have anti-viral properties as well? I remember reading somewhere that it is also an anti-viral and an anti-bacterial. If that's the case, that may be one more reason why turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory. Viruses and bacteria lead to inflammation because the immune system has to send white blood cells to fight them. If turmeric helps kill viruses and bacteria, naturally, inflammation will be reduced or will not even develop.