A relative of ginger, this vivid yellow-orange spice (also known as curcumin) is common in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern cooking. Lately, turmeric has been touted as a superfood that can fight cancer, ease depression, and more. Let’s find out what turmeric actually can do for your health.
Scientists are excited about curcumin's potential to ease depression and help antidepressants work better.
The next time you're under the weather, you may want to sip some turmeric tea. Curcumin might help you to fight off a variety of viruses, including herpes and the flu.
A study on muscles from guinea pigs suggests that turmeric could bring relief from menstrual cramps.
Scientists continue to look into the heart-protective possibilities of turmeric. One small study found that turmeric can help ward off heart attacks in people who have had bypass surgery.
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Turmeric has shown promise for its ability to ease joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. However, we need more research before turmeric becomes a go-to arthritis treatment.
In lab and animal studies, turmeric has stopped the growth of tumor cells, helped detoxifying enzymes work better, and more.
Since its relative ginger is a well-known natural headache remedy, it's no surprise that turmeric gets recommended as a headache treatment, too -- especially for migraines.
Some people claim that putting a turmeric mask on their skin or eating turmeric will help fight stubborn pimples -- perhaps because of the spice's reported antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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