Did you know TURMERIC MODULATES the microbial richness, diversity, and composition of the intestinal microflora?
An increasing number of studies have suggested that gut dysbiosis is linked with many health issues including metabolic diseases as well as brain function and mental health and curcumin seems to have beneficial effects on gut microbiota, favoring the growth of beneficial bacteria strains.
Studies confirmed that oral curcumin administration was able to remarkably shift the ratio between beneficial and harmful bacteria in gut microbiota community in favor of beneficial bacteria strains, and reduce the abundance of the pathogenic ones.
There are many studies that suggest supplementing with Turmeric comes with many health benefits tied to its effect on gut health, and its impressive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.
Here is some of the benefits of turmeric for gut health:
- Modulation of the gut microbiome
The gut microbiome refers to the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. These microorganisms play a crucial role in maintaining overall health, including immune function, nutrient absorption, and mental health. Studies have shown that turmeric can help modulate the gut microbiome by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria and suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. A study published in the journal Nutrients found that turmeric supplementation improved gut microbiota composition in people with metabolic syndrome. Another study published in the journal Food & Function found that turmeric extract supplementation improved gut microbiota composition and increased the production of short-chain fatty acids, which are important for gut health.
- Anti-inflammatory effects
Inflammation is a common factor in many chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Turmeric contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, including curcumin, which can help reduce inflammation in the gut. A study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that curcumin supplementation improved symptoms of IBD in participants.
- Improved digestion and nutrient absorption
Turmeric has been traditionally used as a digestive aid in Ayurvedic medicine. It can help stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and bile, which can improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Studies have shown that turmeric can help reduce symptoms of indigestion, including bloating and gas.
- Other potential benefits
Turmeric has been studied for its potential benefits in a variety of other health conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and cardiovascular disease.
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