This golden yellow spice has been used for millennia as a condiment in Indian and Asian cuisine. It has medicinal properties. And for several decades, it has been the subject of numerous scientific research. Researchers are interested in its potential to fight diseases as diverse as cancer, depression, osteoarthritis, etc. Recently, scientists have demonstrated the effectiveness of turmeric against certain digestive disorders.
They confirmed a property traditionally attributed to turmeric. In Thailand, for example, it is used for indigestion or bloating. The study they conducted focused on people who suffered from functional dyspepsia. It is a fairly common disorder. SWhen you have a digestive disease, you digest poorly. We feel feelings of discomfort and heaviness after meals, and pain in the stomach.
Researchers showed that turmeric, given in capsule form, was as effective as omeprazone, a drug that reduces stomach acid, usually prescribed for stomach upset.
And against joint pain?
Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It also seems effective against joint pain, particularly that caused by osteoarthritis, although other studies must confirm this. But in this case it does not act immediately. It is taken in courses of several weeks in the form of a food supplement. Results may vary from person to person.
If you want to try it, it is best to talk to your doctor when undergoing treatment, as turmeric can interact with medicationsincluding anticoagulants, anticancer drugs and immunosuppressives.
There are also doses that should not be exceeded because it can be toxic to the liver. Turmeric is also not recommended in cases of gallstones because it stimulates the production of bile. It is preferable to buy it in safe networks, such as in pharmacies, not on the internet where you can find formulations that do not meet French standards.
How effective is it in culinary doses?
In a culinary dose, it is not enough to provide relief. Because dried turmeric powder, used in cooking, contains only 3% curcumin, the active ingredient.. In comparison, in food supplements, standardized turmeric extract can contain between 80 and 95% curcumin. In addition, curcumin is very poorly absorbed in the intestine, it passes into the blood with difficulty and is quickly eliminated by the body. In studies, the effects of turmeric are observed at doses generally higher than those used in cooking.
And to prevent certain diseases?
In test tubes, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is able to oppose the growth of cancer cells. It also has a protective action on brain cells. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, underlines Dr Catherine Lacrosnière, nutritionist. But there isn’t enough data in humans to say that turmeric is truly effective in preventing cancer, protecting against depression, or fending off cognitive decline. In the meantime, we can still continue to enjoy its taste benefits. It is consumed in powder form or fresh, in thin slices or grated, to flavor dishes.
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