Why Your Immunity Drink is a Scam

When it comes to illness prevention is key, and one methodology that the mainstream media has been pushing lately is health tonics. Not surprisingly, the biggest culprit is TikTok. Recently, a trending recipe has popped up on the video streaming giant promising immune support via a concoction of turmeric, citrus, and ginger. While these ingredients pose many health benefits, the question is does this trend have any scientific backing?

Turmeric, the primary ingredient in the videos, is a staple root spice in Indian cuisine. Over recent years, it has been touted for its numerous health benefits, which are supported by science. For instance, turmeric has been proven to provide anti-inflammatory properties and even improve gut health. Interestingly enough, both inflammation and the gut are believed to influence the immune system. However, turmeric cannot be dubbed an “immune booster” because it does not produce more white blood cells also known as immune cells. In fact, according to experts, nothing can “boost” your immune system. The best you can do is shore up your immune system, and that’s by doing the basics like exercising, eating well, and getting good sleep.

Additionally, the amount of turmeric you would need to consume in order to reap the health benefits is far more than you could stuff into a trendy health tonic. Unless you’re just a superfan of turmeric, you’re better off sticking to a traditional healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables whole grains, and lean proteins. The whole of the diet is more powerful than any one part.

When it comes to immunity it’s all about your everyday health habits. So stay true to the basics and you’re sure to stay healthy and well. That said, be very careful where you get your health information. Platforms like TikTok are not the best places to gleam health advice from because they are crowded with self-proclaimed health and wellness experts. When it comes to health information stick to sources that are based on scientific evidence and are peer-reviewed.


Men’s Health

Cori Ritchey

Jan. 12, 2023

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4 thoughts on “Why Your Immunity Drink is a Scam

  1. People are always looking for the magic bullet.


    1. That’s true…too bad one doesn’t exist. Lol

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      1. While listening to good music, of course!

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