Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

What is turmeric good for?

Turmeric or turmeric components may be beneficial to preventing or treating a multitude of health conditions, including:

  • Cancers, including multiple myeloma and cancers of the breast, brain, blood, colon, kidney, liver, pancreas, and skin
  • Brain disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory conditions such as lupus and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Type 2 diabetes

Turmeric may also help with:

  • Surgery recovery
  • Reversal of DNA damage caused by arsenic exposure

For recipes featuring turmeric, check out our Veggie Mac and Cheese, Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine, and Morning Grain Bowl.

To learn more about turmeric, visit our topic page, which covers a broad range of the latest evidence-based research.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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