What are the benefits of turmeric?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Turmeric is a key ingredient in many Indian dishes. It is believed by some to have many beneficial properties and applications, including treatment of gallbladder problems, indigestion, and infections. It's claimed to be useful for Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, athlete’s foot, boils, colic, dermatitis, diarrhea, gas, high cholesterol, inflammation, intestinal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and yeast infections. However, most of the health claims to date are based on cell or animal studies, and benefit to humans is far from confirmed. Many studies are under way to get a clearer idea of turmeric's medicinal use.

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