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Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Have you ever heard of turmeric, the golden yellow spice that supposedly has many health claims, like accelerated healing, treating inflammation and reversing auto-immune conditions? Is this hype or evidence based? Since it costs pennies per day, it probably isn’t a marketing scam, because there’s no profit margin in selling spices.

Spices are perfectly suited to get studied in double blind, randomized and placebo controlled trials. They fit neatly into capsules and can be tested against inactive placebos easily. Turmeric (and its potent pigment curcumin) is one of the most studied spices ever.

What does the science say about it?

Most spices are concentrated and potent enough to have significant clinical effects, some even comparable to modern medicines, and turmeric is no different.

Turmeric has been found to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. It also has been found to have potent protective effects against multiple chronic, degenerative diseases, inflammatory conditions, as well as certain cancers. It has been shown to promote weight loss and decrease pain. There aren’t many prescription drugs that have that resumé!