The term "superfood" suggests it might actually prevent diseases or make you more youthful. The truth is that no single food can make you healthy. Rather, eating a variety of foods and living an active lifestyle do that. So, is there any truth to superfood claims? Are any of them worth incorporating into your diet? Get the scoop on what popular "superfoods" really can and can't do.
The bright yellow spice that gives curry its pungent flavor and color has been used in ancient and homeopathic medicine as an anti-inflammatory for years. Turmeric has risen in mainstream popularity thanks to claims that it can relieve GI issues such as indigestion and ulcers, prevent and treat cancer, ease inflammatory diseases like arthritis, and prevent neurological diseases like Alzheimer's.
Superpower: Phytochemical known as curcumin
Is there proof that it works? Curcumin has an anti-inflammatory effect which preliminary research suggests may help reduce heart disease risk, ease heartburn, and slow progression of neurological diseases. Turmeric's effects on the body are not fully understood, and much more research is needed before choosing turmeric over modern medicine for disease treatment.
Eat it or skip it? If you love curry, then eat it. All effects from consuming turmeric appear positive—not to mention that it adds great flavor and color to dishes. Don't feel guilty about skipping turmeric though if you're not a fan since there's not enough research to support any disease-preventing properties.