Transcript for Potential Health Benefits of Turmeric
Now to that hot health trend that some say could make you look and feel better and even help you heal. It features a special spice called turmeric. ABC's kayna Whitworth gave it a try. Reporter: It's the ancient spice ha makes everything nice, according to health advocates the plant-based root turmeric is make a modern-day comeback. Emerging research is suggesting that the active compound in turmeric reduces inflammation in the body. Turmeric and kukrumen have been around for thousands of years and found to be an anti-ox daptsz, anti-arthritic and even anti-cancerous. Reporter: Jessica Coslow believes the properties in turmeric help speed up her recovery after ankle surgery. After surgery I was looking for anti-inflammatory medications and herbs to help me and I found turmeric. I was drinking it with fresh ginger and trying to see what worked for my body. Maybe a week after mew surgery I was already back here in the kitchen working. You think that's because of your turmeric intake? Turmeric definitely played a part I think in my healing. Reporter: Koslow says the root is a staple in her diet and crafted two turmeric tonics that are best-sellers at a quantity sqirl. You don't need a chef to make turmeric a part of your diet. There isn't a right or wrong way to use it. Use it 23resh or in the spice form. It has so many applications and as a preventive agent, everyone should be taking kurkumin. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here now so tell us what the medical experts are saying. This has been around for awhile. It's been around for a very long time. An area of intense research in the field of nutritional science. There really is a lack of good quality evidence to back up a lot of the claims because it's being touted as good for everything. Such as. Well, look, it's being studied for inflammatory condition, Alzheimer's December, for rheumatoid arthritis, a way to prevent pross indicate and colon cancer. We need a lot more data but risk/benefit. Certainly not going to hurt you. How can we include it in our diet. Easy thing to do. Have it in root form or powder form. I add the spice to my scrambled eggs. What we don't know is about dose and frequency. If it works, how much of a dose do we need? In my doses there is potential for G.I. Upset, nausea, abdominal pain. In low doses you won't get any so toss it in your egg, drink it, enjoy. bon appetit. I'm digging that. Can you do a little spin? Have a great weekend.
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