Turmeric is an orange-coloured spice derived from a flowering plant popular in many Asian dishes.While it may just seem like a simple way to add flavo
Turmeric is an orange-coloured spice derived from a flowering plant popular in many Asian dishes.
While it may just seem like a simple way to add flavour to meals, research has linked it to a number of health benefits.
This is due to a natural compound found in turmeric called curcumin, which has been found to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
For context, September was not the best month for me health-wise having started with a bought of COVID-19, followed by keyhole surgery for the removal of endometriosis – a painful condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places in the body.
More than a month later this surgery and a subsequent infection has left me sore, fatigued and extremely bloated.
It has also been accompanied by periods of almost unmanageable, painful cramping.
Therefore, I was keen to try any kind of natural remedies to help speed along the healing process leading me to consider turmeric.
After some research I thought there would be no harm in making up my own kind of turmeric tea to drink twice a day.
The recipe I used also included honey and fresh lemon and was simple: a few shakes of powdered turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a squeeze of a lemon wedge and hot water.
I actually enjoyed the taste, definitely more so than a traditional type of tea.
Ahead of my experiment I spoke to Dr Sarah Sadek, of Chelsea Family Orthodontics, who said turmeric was known for its “remarkable health benefits”, including its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and digestion boosting properties.
“If someone were to incorporate turmeric into their daily routine, either by adding it to meals or as a drink, they may expect to see several positive changes over time,” she said.
“Turmeric may promote smoother digestion and gut health, reducing issues like indigestion or bloating.
“The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can have a positive impact on overall health, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases associated with inflammation, such as heart disease and diabetes.”
All this sounded promising and I maintained my routine of drinking my turmeric tea twice a day.
With the two weeks now up I have to admit that I am still experiencing bloating and pain, although I do feel like the bloating may have subsided a little.
However, it is difficult to know how much of this is still due to the effects of surgery and my body taking the time to recover.
Other experts warned that taking turmeric in its powdered form might not be strong enough to make a difference.
Doctor Deborah Lee, from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, said: “Just adding turmeric to your cooking is unlikely to produce much health benefit, as curcumin makes up only three percent of turmeric by dry weight.
“Plus, turmeric is not well absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. To get any benefit from turmeric, you need to take large doses.”
She recommended taking turmeric supplements instead, however, warned that they can come with some unwanted side effects such as diarrhoea and stomach ache.
“Always check with your GP or hospital consultant before you start taking turmeric or
any other supplements, as there can be drug interactions,” Dr Lee said.
“A good example is turmeric which interacts with anticoagulants such as warfarin.”
Although my two-week experiment is up I think I will continue to drink turmeric tea daily just to see if it has any more obvious benefits to reveal in the future.
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