According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, turmeric isn’t as good for health as generally believed – a claim that could be deemed outrageous by millions of people around the world.
Turmeric is referred to as one of the best natural medicines out there for a number of diseases and is even blessed with the title of “Queen of Spices”. Turmeric is used to treat cold, coughs, skin infections, among other diseases. The therapeutic properties of turmeric have been proved by a number of studies with many claiming that the medicinal plant boosts immunity and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Now a new study claims that all these are just myths and that turmeric has no therapeutic benefits. Researchers at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, claim that curcumin – turmeric’s main compound – is an “unstable, reactive, non-bioavailable compound and, therefore, a highly improbable lead (for drug development).”
“Curcumin is a cautionary tale,” Michael Walters, PhD, a medicinal chemist at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and the lead author on the study, told Nature. The new findings go against thousands of research papers, including 120 clinical trials.
However, Guido Pauli, PhD, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told Nature that turmeric contains many other complex chemical compounds that are worthy of additional research.