Although its consumption dates back thousands of years, in recent years turmeric has become the fashionable plant in home remedies, combined in all types of concoctions with garlic, ginger, pepper, lemon, milk, coffee or alone in an infusion, it is even has called him ‘natural omeprazole‘, but how many of its benefits have been proven?
Turmeric is sold fresh, in the form of a root that closely resembles ginger; or, dried, into an intense yellow-orange powder. Another way to find it is in supplements (capsules, pills or gummies).
What benefits does turmeric have for the stomach?
In India, the ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric as a medicinal herb to treat chronic pain and inflammation.
According to Healthlineturmeric is attributed benefits for its active compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcuminwhich has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a great antioxidant, which prevents oxidative stress that causes various diseases.
Although this plant is promoted to treat countless ailments, diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, depression, better liver function and cancer prevention, the reality is that very little has been provensince its properties continue to be investigated and many results are preliminary.
The effect of turmeric on the stomach has also been investigated, Medical News Today explains:
- Due to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce intestinal inflammation, this food is also usually recommended for a good digestion“turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healing agent.”
- This plant stimulates the stomach to produce more gastric acidbut it can also affect it: “the same agents in turmeric that promote digestive health can irritate when taken in large quantities.”
- It is being studied whether turmeric can help with intestinal inflammation and intestinal permeability, factors of good digestion, as well as as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (SII).
The specialist Sas Parsad details in Healthline that turmeric has a long history that associates it with digestive benefits and the nutrition of a healthy intestine, thanks to its curcuminthe reason is its ability to stimulate bile:
“Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to release bile, which helps digest fats. Better digestion of fats can reduce symptoms such as bloating and discomfort, further promoting intestinal well-being.”
Can turmeric replace omeprazole?
Omeprazole is a basic medication in the ‘ailing’ adult life. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is used to treat conditions in which there is too much acid in the stomach, such as gastric ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux (when stomach acid rises into the esophagus).
In recent weeks, turmeric has been described as a ‘natural omeprazole’ due to new medical research that analyzed its effectiveness in treating indigestion.
This is a small study carried out by the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University and published on September 11 in BMJ Journal in which the effectiveness of curcumin versus omeprazole in patients with functional dyspepsia (common stomach upset without obvious cause).
In the results, after taking turmeric supplements for 28 days, the participants experienced a reduction in symptoms, with the passing of the days the effect was even better: “Curcumin and omeprazole had comparable efficacy for functional dyspepsia”, it was concluded.
However, this It doesn’t mean that your turmeric tea will work. Just like the omeprazole that was prescribed to you, since the bad news is that this drink in your kitchen has not been analyzed enough, remember that the results were specifically in supplements, not in home remedies.
Furthermore, although it sounds contradictory, the curcumin present in turmeric is very lowonly about 3 percent and It is very poorly absorbed in the human body straight from that source. Although add black pepper can help improve this absorption thanks to its piperine, there are no guarantees that you will feel comparable improvement.
More research is needed before replacing omeprazole with turmeric, but it does have potential to treat indigestion symptoms, as well as medications.
Sas Parsad claims that curcumin could be a good optionsince ‘proton pump PPI’ medications such as omeprazole are effective, but have long term side effects in intestinal health, making turmeric a “promising alternative” for the treatment of indigestion.
What contraindications does turmeric have?
A turmeric tea may not be as effective as a high dose curcumin supplementbut it represents fewer risks and has other nutrients, since too much of this active compound can have side effects such as irritation in the intestine.
During pregnancy or when taking other medications, consult a doctor first, as turmeric can affect the blood clottingso those who take anticoagulants such as warfarin or aspirin should avoid it, as well as people who take antidepressants or medicines to regulate blood pressure.