Turmeric and the Gallbladder

What is Turmeric?

To use turmeric as a spice or for medicinal purposes is becoming more and more popular as its powerful ingredients are recognized to be effective for the gallbladder. In the rhizomes of turmeric is found between two and seven percent (Curcuma longa) or three to twelve percent essential oil (Curcuma xanthorrhiza) and abundant strength. The rhizomes of both Curcuma species also contain curcuminoids (including curcumin). These ingredients are not only responsible for the yellow color, but also for the turmeric medicinal properties: curcuminoids promote bile production, according to studies, increase the flow of bile and anti-inflammatory effect. Moreover, research suggests that younger showcase antioxidant (free radical scavenging), antiviral (directed against viruses) and hepatoprotective (hepatoprotektiv) properties.

Turmeric and the Gallbladder

Turmeric delivers numerous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and these could help in treatment post-gallbladder surgery. Research studies have revealed curcumin is effective for pain and fatigue. Turmeric along with dandelion, rosemary essential oil and artichoke is used in combination to treat liver and gallbladder disorders. Of all these natural products, turmeric was the most powerful and effective in protecting the gallbladder and liver against oxidative stress. It’s now widely acknowledged that turmeric, when administered to patients recovering from gallbladder issues, is highly effective. Turmeric can serve as a powerful preventative measure as well. Turmeric works to protect the liver. By stimulating bile production, it also helps with excretion via the gallbladder aiding the body for better fat digestion.

Research studies show that curcumin can reduce cholesterol gallstones. Results reveal how a turmeric supplement of 20-40mg may increase gallbladder contractions in people who do not have any prior gallbladder disease. This measure could help stop gallstone formation by aiding the gallbladder in the process of emptying out its bile contents. However, consult your doctor if you are already suffering from gallbladder issues. If you have problems with your gallbladder, such as gallstones or bile duct obstruction, turmeric may worsen your condition.

A study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in May 2008 demonstrated that Turmeric significantly increased the levels of oxalate in the urine as compared to placebo, or sugar pills, after four weeks of treatment in healthy individuals. The authors stated that increased levels of oxalate in the urine increases the risk of kidney stone formation in susceptible people.

All those who suffer from gallstones or other gallbladder problems should notify their physician before taking turmeric supplements.