Do turmeric pills actually heal pain, increase mood, and alleviate allergies? Experts think they function best for two conditions. 

Americans spend over $50 billion per year on supplements. One of the most popular is turmeric, a brilliant orange root with origins in both traditional Eastern medicine and food.   

Proponents are willing to pay $20 or more for a bottle in the hopes of alleviating arthritis pain and inflammation, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and treating other ailments. But is it worth the money?  

While most study has focused on turmeric's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, the wide range of supplement potencies and doses utilized in studies has made it difficult to substantiate any health benefits.  

Dr. Keith Singletary, emeritus professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has examined the research on turmeric.   

What's his take? "I think it's promising," he says, but he emphasizes that it is not "the cure-all that marketing would make it appear."  

Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcuminoids, natural chemicals found in turmeric, are responsible for its health benefits. "Curcumin, which is the major one, is believed to be largely responsible for the health benefits of turmeric," according to Singletary.  

What could curcumin do? The best data is focused on two conditions: arthritis and metabolic syndrome.  

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