Turmeric undeniably makes any dish delicious.
Although, it is not the “spice-wonder” a lot of people think it is.
Turmeric was widely known due to its high curcumin content, but based on several clinical trials done by scientists, there’s really nothing that much special with it.
So, here are 5 turmeric myths debunked.
1. It reduces inflammation.
The polyphenolic compounds in the spice have been linked to reduced risk of chronic inflammation, the biological state where your body’s cells work overtime to get their regular job done.
Doctors can identify inflammation (a.k.a. blood work) by looking at certain biomarkers of oxidative stress, a result of biological processes that causes organ tissue damage.
The curcumin in turmeric may help to mitigate this by protecting blood vessels from inflammation.
Your lifestyle (how often you exercise, what you eat and whether or not you smoke) can also impact inflammation, while some of it is out of your control.
That said, dumping turmeric onto any old meal won’t completely reverse any inflammation that’s already underway, especially when you’re eating a diet high in saturated fat, sodium and added sugar. In other words, one trendy spice can’t undo the effects of an otherwise poor-quality diet.