The spice turmeric has been one of the hot topics in the health industry for the last few years, but is it really all the hype?
Claims are abound, from helping with allergies to fighting depression. Originally used as seasoning for South Asian dishes, turmeric is now added to drinks.
Let's take a look now at a recent research study on turmeric.
The turmeric study split volunteers into 3 groups. One group added a teaspoon of turmeric to their food each day, the second group took a pill containing turmeric, and the final group took a placebo (no turmeric) to see what affect it would have on their bodies.
The results were striking.
"We didn't find any changes in the group taking the placebo," he told me. That was not surprising. The supplement group also didn't show any difference, That was surprising and somewhat disappointing.
"But the group who mixed turmeric powder into their food," he continued, "there we saw quite substantial changes. It was really exciting, to be honest. We found one particular gene which showed the biggest difference. And what's interesting is that we know this particular gene is involved in three specific diseases: depression, asthma and eczema, and cancer. This is a really striking finding." - Prof. Martin Widschwendter (University College, London)
Why did the people who mixed it with food have different results then those who consumed the pill?
"It could be, that adding fat or heating it up makes the active ingredients more soluble, which would make it easier for us to absorb the turmeric. It certainly gives us something, to work on, to try to find out exactly what's happening." - Dr Kirsten Brandt
This was the first study, and additional studies need to be run to confirm the findings. But for now, and until proven otherwise, I will be finding different ways to add it to my diet.
It's time to get your TURMERIC ON!!!