It’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
Struggling with indigestion? There’s a seasoning that can help with that, according to science.
In a brand-new study published this week in the medical journal The BMJ, researchers found that a certain spice can help relieve symptoms of dyspepsia (indigestion) like stomach discomfort, bloating and nausea.
So what’s the spice in question? Read on to find out—plus ways to add it into your routine.
What the Study Found
The study evaluated over 150 people with indigestion and separated them into three groups for treatment: one group receiving the drug omeprazole, one group receiving a curcumin supplement four times daily and one group receiving both. Omeprazole is a common medication that can help alleviate acid reflux.
After nearly two months of treatment, the study showed that the groups experienced no significant differences with these varying treatments. This means that according to the study, curcumin may help treat your indigestion when consumed daily, and a natural source of this compound is found in turmeric.
Turmeric is commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine and as a treatment for stomach pains for centuries, according to Oncotarget. In recent years, the spice has been growing in popularity in Western cultures for its antioxidant-rich compounds and anti-inflammatory properties. The active compound in turmeric, called curcumin, may also help prevent cancer and support brain health.
Turmeric may help relieve indigestion because of this compound, but there is far less curcumin through culinary doses of turmeric, meaning that the results of adding this spice to your food will likely be different. And although this study supports a lot of modern science about turmeric’s health benefits, it’s important to talk to your doctor to see what treatment is right for you.
However, adding turmeric to your diet is worth the try, and we have plenty of recipes highlighting the spice that you’ll want to make on repeat.
Wellness shots like these Turmeric & Ginger Shots and Frozen Lemon-Ginger-Turmeric Shots are easy to add to your morning routine, and you’ll find them especially beneficial during cold and flu season. For a warmer beverage, this Turmeric Latte is a cozy way to sip its health benefits. And for highly rated dinner mains, we have an array of options, from our Chhole (Chickpea Curry) to our Easy Chicken Tikka Masala.