Turmeric Could Help Indigestion, New Study Reports

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Turmeric was found to be as effective in treating indigestion as a leading medication omeprazole, according to a new study.

You may have heard that turmeric has great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. It does, and this new study shows that turmeric might have more benefit for our bodies than we realize.

Is turmeric good for your health?

In turmeric, there is an active compound called “Curcumin.” Previous research has shown that bioavailable curcumin can help manage:

  • Oxidative and inflammatory problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperlipidemia

In the past, there has been almost no research performed to compare the effects of curcumin to medications. But this new study tested whether curcumin performs as well as the leading medication for indigestion and other gut related conditions.

The leading medications for many gut conditions are proton-pump inhibitors, but you may recognize them as Prilosec (omeprazole) or Prevacid (lansoprazole).

More About the Turmeric Study

In this study, 150 patients with indigestion were separated into three groups.

  1. One group took only Curcumin
  2. One group too only Omeprazole
  3. One group took both Curcumin and Omeprazole

The results showed that after 8 weeks, curcumin was as effective as omeprazole in improving pain due to indigestion. Treating indigestion with curcumin and omeprazole was not better than treating indigestion with curcumin alone.

What does this study mean for future indigestion research?

In an article from CNN, the lead author of the study, Krit Pongpirul, MD, PhD, stated that, “In addition to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant purposes, curcumin/turmeric could be an option for treating dyspepsia with comparable efficacy to omeprazole. It may not be necessary to take both turmeric and omeprazole together if just taking one or the other works similarly to reduce risk of side effects.”
The results of this study are extremely promising.

However, not all people respond to medications or supplements the same. A clinical that includes a larger number of participants will be needed before conclusions can be made.

Side Effects of Turmeric

Regarding side effects, Dr. Pongpirul stated, “Consumers should be aware of side effects of curcumin extracts such as allergy and bleeding risk, especially for those who take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications.”

Always be sure to consult your health care if you are considering changing your care routine. If you are curious about other solutions to heal your gut, visit the Reversing Chronic Gut Conditions Summit hosted by Sinclair Kennally, CNHP, CNC.

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Kongkam, P., Khongkha, W., Lopimpisuth, C., Chumsri, C., Kosarussawadee, P., Phutrakool, P., Khamsai, S., Sawanyawisuth, K., Sura, T., Phisalprapa, P., Buamahakul, T., Siwamogsatham, S., Angsusing, J., Poonniam, P., Wanaratna, K., Teerachaisakul, M., & Pongpirul, K. (2023). Curcumin and proton pump inhibitors for functional dyspepsia: a randomised, double blind controlled trial. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. Read it here.

Hewlings, S. J., & Kalman, D. S. (2017). Curcumin: A Review of Its Effects on Human Health. Foods (Basel, Switzerland)6(10), 92. Read it here.

Holcombe, M. (2023). Turmeric might help treat your indigestion, study shows. CNN. Read it here.

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