Turmeric is a spice that is recognized for providing taste, color, and nutrients to recipes. It also has a beautiful, rich golden-orange hue. People in Southeast Asia have traditionally utilized it as a treatment for gastrointestinal distress as well as other inflammatory disorders. However, based on research that was published in 2017, people have been using it for therapeutic purposes for hundreds of years.
In addition to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant purposes, curcumin/turmeric could be an option for treating dyspepsia with comparable efficacy to omeprazole, explained Dr. Krit Pongpirul, lead study author, and associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Now, a brand new study provides greater insight into the mechanism through which turmeric’s effectiveness works. A total of more than 150 patients with dyspepsia (also known as indigestion) took part in the research, which was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ. The researchers analyzed the patients’ responses to treatment with either the medication omeprazole, the spice turmeric (which includes the chemical curcumin), or an amalgam of the two.
According to the findings of the study, the researchers did not find any significant changes in the symptoms experienced by the groups who were given either omeprazole, turmeric, or a combination of the two. That’s very remarkable.
There have been a few instances of curcumin and liver impairment, and it is essential to be sure that turmeric does not interact negatively with any of the other drugs that you are currently taking. Before beginning a treatment with turmeric, it is advisable to address the matter with your primary care physician.
Other benefits of using turmeric
There may be advantages to using turmeric for the following, according to certain studies:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Degenerative eye conditions
- Kidney health
- Hyperlipidemia (cholesterol in the blood)
- Muscle soreness after exercise
If you are sensitive to turmeric, consuming the spice may cause you to break out in hives, develop a rash, or have gastrointestinal pain. However, turmeric is generally harmless for most people when it is used in tea or food.
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