Turmeric, curcumin, and health
Published: January 11, 2019
Turmeric, and /or its therapeutic agent curcumin, has been touted as an effective nutritional supplement and panacea: a cure all for a multitude of ailments.
Turmeric, a spice, has been an ingredient in Asian cooking for thousands of years.
For instance, turmeric is used in curries, mustard sauce, cheese, butter, chips, served in tea and other drinks, used in cosmetics, and as a colorant and preservative.
In India turmeric is used in Ayurveda medicine as a healing food.
More recently, supporters of turmeric’s perceived medicinal properties have proclaimed turmeric as a superfood, and curcumin as a very significant anti-inflammatory.
As a household medicinal aid for sore throats or stomachs, turmeric can be mixed with milk or water. When mixed with hot milk you may find turmeric served as golden latte.
Curcumin can be found as tablets, capsules, ointments, soaps, cosmetics, and energy drinks. But does research support the health claims made on the products?
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