curcumin improves digestive symptoms and anxiety in people with digestive problems

These are certainly times of stress. And stress is no good for you, your mind or your tummy. Stress affects your digestive system, leading to all kinds of digestive problems. There’s a safe, powerful herb that can fix your stress and your tummy all at once.

Perhaps the herb enjoying the biggest explosion of research support right now, and the one proving to be the most versatile, is curcumin.

Curcumin has been shown to improve mood: it is a very powerful antidepressant; it has also been suggested to help digestion: it helps inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis as well as ulcers and dyspepsia. So, could it help mood and digestion all at once?

A new study set out to answer that question. The 8-week, double-blind study tested curcumin in 77 people with digestive complaints. It wanted to see what it would do to the digestive complaints as well as to mood. Each of them was given either a placebo or 500mg of curcumin extract.

The curcumin helped everything! Compared to the placebo, it significantly reduced total scores on the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale. Overall digestive symptoms improved by 28% in the curcumin group versus 18% on placebo. After 4 weeks of treatment, while the curcumin improved the symptoms, they started getting worse in the placebo group.

Curcumin also produced significantly greater improvement on total scores on the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale – 21 as well as specifically on anxiety scores. Anxiety improved by 52% in the curcumin group compared to only 16% in the placebo group.

And the good news continues if you are thinking of using curcumin: it was as safe as the placebo.

BMC Complement Med Ther 2021;21(40)

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