The post claims this concoction will cure a long list of ailments, including colds, gout, asthma, chronic diseases such as stroke, and the “corona virus”.
Could this be true?
‘Not scientifically proven’
While there may be some health benefits to eating turmeric, ginger and garlic, we found no established scientific evidence that these ingredients, consumed alone or mixed, can prevent or cure Covid-19.
“The mixture of turmeric, ginger, galangal, garlic, lemon, cayenne pepper and honey hasn’t been scientifically established to work on the illnesses listed in the claim,” said Marycelin Baba, a professor of medical virology and microbiology at the University of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria.
Baba said she thought the ingredients might be “good in boosting the immune system” but added that “these natural ingredients don’t have a direct effect on any ailment”.
Still no cure for coronavirus
“While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of mild Covid-19, there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease.” the global health body noted on its website on 17 April. – David Ajikobi
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