Tumeric: A Natural Remedy for a Healthier Stomach
In recent years, there have been many scientific claims that tumeric can be an effective remedy for stomach ailments. It is well known that tumeric (a type of root and a spice) and its extracts have been used to treat ulcers, diarrhea, acid reflux and other stomach problems because it contains curcuminoids, which may promote healthy digestion.
This brightly coloured spice has been found to have many health benefits that include promoting the secretion of bile, aiding digestion, improving immune function and reducing inflammation. It has also been used as a natural remedy to help treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and depression, and fight diseases like cancer.
This spice has been used as a home remedy for centuries and was even found in ancient texts such as the Atharvaveda.
How it’s used
It is both a spice in cooking and an ancient remedy in India, with therapeutic properties. It’s often added to curry dishes for its flavour.
A recent study showed that those who had heartburn after drinking a glass of milk experienced relief after taking a small amount of tumeric soaked in water.
You can also put half a teaspoon mixed into tea daily to keep your digestion regular and healthy.
Consuming too much turmeric has its risks. Ingesting too much of it can:
- Result in an upset stomach, acid reflux, dizziness and headaches.
- Result in blood thinning and should be avoided if you have a bleeding disorder.
- Significantly increase urinary oxalate, which increases the risk of kidney stones and gallstones.
- Interfere with the effectiveness of certain supplements, medications and treatments like iron supplements, antibiotics, antidepressants and chemotherapy.
- Affect pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Turmeric has many scientifically proven health benefits, and especially its most active compound, curcumin, has several health benefits that are both documented and promising.
It has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties make it useful in treating conditions such as stomach problems, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and improving symptoms of depression.
More research is needed to fully understand how turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, can help prevent certain types of cancer.