Curcumin and Turmeric May Help Promote Diverse Gut Bacteria
Diverse gut bacteria is essential to good health. A recent study suggests that the curcuminoids found in turmeric may help promote diverse gut bacteria.
Participants in the study included 30 people initially, but only 14 people completed the entire study. Initially, the participants were split into three groups: one group received curcumin with piperine extract, another group received turmeric with piperine extract, and the third group was received a placebo.
All of the participants were given 180 tablets at the beginning of the study and another 180 tablets at the four-week mark. They also visited the lab during the screening process, at the beginning of the study, at the halfway point (week four), and at the end of the study (week eight).
Only three in the placebo group, five in the curcumin group, and six in the turmeric group provided stool samples for analysis.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 7% increase in gut bacteria species in the turmeric group, a 69% increase in the curcumin group, and a 15% reduction in the placebo group. The researchers noted that all the participants' microbiota displayed significant variation over time and individualized response to treatment. They also noted that among the responsive participants, both turmeric and curcumin altered the gut microbiota in a highly similar manner, suggesting that curcumin may drive the majority of observed changes observed in turmeric-treated subjects.
Researchers from University of California San Diego led the study. It was published in the Jan-Dec 2018 issue of the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine.
Turmeric is the spice that makes yellow curry yellow. Curcumin is present in turmeric but if you’re looking to get truly beneficial levels, it’s best to take it in supplement form.