Lab studies point to curcumin, a compound in turmeric, as a possible remedy for everything from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer, but studies in people haven’t found real benefits, says Kathryn Nelson, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the department of medicinal chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

One big problem: Very little of the curcumin in many supplements are absorbed by the body.

And talk to your doctor, turmeric supplements can interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners. You’re better off enjoying the orange spice in cooking; it’s widely used in Indian cuisine.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2018

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