Every month it seems as if there’s a new health food or product that’s being lauded as the magic bullet to cure almost anything that ails you. Coconut oil, kale, or essential oils, anyone? The newest focus seems to be on turmeric – a spice related to the ginger family and most frequently used in Asian food – which many people are praising as an almost-miracle spice. But is it? Here are some of the claims that have been made about turmeric and the truth about whether turmeric can live up to them based on research.