As more people are choosing healthier food options, super foods are taking center stage and turmeric is currently the new trend. This pungent spice is the staple of every spice rack. It has a rich yellow color and sales of this spice have continued to rise in recent years and it expected to keep increasing in the years to come.
Currently, turmeric can be found in almost everything we consume including teas and supplements. There are media outlets and supplement sellers claiming that the spice can bring miracle by fighting various diseases such as Alzheimer’s, prevent developing cancer, provide body detoxification and stop inflammation.
What is the truth in all of this? The researches done are promising but health experts said that they need more proof before they can publish that the spice can actually prevent or heal diseases.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s deputy director for the extramural research division, Craig Hopp, PhD, said that there is not enough evidence as of the moment that can prove the effectiveness of turmeric in treating health issues.
For almost 4,000 years, turmeric has been used in traditional Indian cuisine and a staple in producing folk medicine. For a number of centuries, it has been used to boost digestion, treat wounds and improve arthritis as well as other illnesses.
Based on studies, the spice has been proven effective as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antibacterial component. These positive attributes are mainly because of curcumin, a compound found in turmeric.
Researchers are currently doing more studies in order to determine if turmeric can cure other diseases such as cancer, depression, diabetes, gum diseases, alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol, heart disease, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and skin conditions including rashes, psoriasus, acne and itching.
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine’s co-director, Ann Marie Chiasson, said that turmeric has already been proven to be effective in managing high cholesterol and osteoarthritis. The results of the studies changes depending on the type of turmeric used such as an entire turmeric plant, mixture of compounds or using a single compound alone such as curcumin.