Curcumin May Help Improve Digestion and Mood
Previous research has found that curcumin may help support digestion by relaxing the smooth muscles on the walls and gently pushing food through the intestines. Now a new study has found that curcumin may help relieve digestion issues and help reduce anxiety.
Participants in the study included 79 adults with self-reported digestive issues. They were given 500 mg of curcumin or a placebo daily for 8 weeks. The researchers administered the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale at baseline and at the end of the study to evaluate reflux, abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, and constipation. They also administered the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale – 21 to assess anxiety.
Participants in the curcumin saw a significant reduction in their Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale score compared to the placebo group. They also saw a 52% reduction in their Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale – 21 score, compared to a 16% reduction in the placebo group.
The study was conducted by researchers from Murdoch University. It was published online ahead of print on January 21, 2021 in the journal BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies.