Curcumin helps heal gastric ulcers

The “curry cure”

Back in November, I told you about a study that found curcumin, the primary spice in curry, could help diabetes. Now there’s some new evidence, published in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, that curcumin also helps heal gastric ulcers.

The researchers were interested in examining curcumin for its ability to help rebuild blood vessels that had been damaged by the ulcers.

In their laboratory experiment, they found that curcumin did help rebuild blood vessels by increasing something called the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in gastric tissues. They also found that curcumin boosted collagen in those tissues, which further promoted healing.

Of course, in this instance, you’re probably better off turning to a curcumin supplement (500 mg per day), rather than putting more curry dishes on the menu, since many curries can be on the spicy side (which can irritate ulcers).