They call it a “nervous stomach.” But that’s a little unfair to your poor, beleaguered belly. After all, it’s not your stomach that’s nervous. It’s YOU.
Mental stress can take a physical toll. It’s a hard lesson that many of us have learned over this past year. And no part of your body feels it faster and harder than your stomach with digestive problems, gas, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and pain.
But new research reveals a simple step that can help nix those nervous-stomach symptoms and turn it all around.
It’s a powerful natural therapy that many folks already take for dozens of other common conditions and complaints. And now we know it can also help with both stress and the resulting nervous stomach at the same time.
The SPICY SECRET to a tougher tummy
Now, of course, step one in dealing with a nervous stomach is to get a handle on the “nervous” part of the equation. And the best way to tackle that is by finding healthy ways to cope with the things that are stressing you out.
But you and I both know that’s often easier said than done. The pandemic has made that crystal clear.
I DO, of course, encourage you to try out proven stress-busters such as exercise and deep breathing. (You can get started with my free report on 4 calming tricks to lower stress right here.) But I also realize we’re just going to have to accept that keeping calm will remain a work in progress for now.
In the meantime, there’s another proven, natural stress-busting solution that’s the very definition of easy. What could be simpler than swallowing a supplement?
And that’s precisely what the new study tried. Researchers tested capsules containing curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound found in the spice turmeric, on those struggling bellies.
The volunteers were all…
- evaluated for “nervous stomach” symptoms
- assigned a score
- given either curcumin or a placebo for eight weeks.
At first, both curcumin and the placebo seemed to work. By week four, both groups’ scores dropped… although they dropped more for the folks taking curcumin.
But then the placebo effect began to wear off. The “nervous stomach” scores of the group taking the imposter pills started to rise all over again.
The folks given the real deal, however, moved in the opposite direction. They continued to improve for the whole eight weeks, enjoying more relief and better comfort.
Nix nervous stomach with curcumin
By the end of the study, the “nervous stomach” scores in folks taking curcumin had improved by 28 percent and were still rising. In contrast. just 18 percent of the placebo group saw improvements, which was still falling.
And the curcumin benefits didn’t end there. The spice extract also delivered a 52 percent reduction in anxiety, versus just 16 percent for the placebo.
More research is needed. But the improvements could be because this natural therapy tackles the trouble in two ways at once:
- Curcumin is a natural mood booster. In studies on patients with depression, it matched the effects of the drug fluoxetine (aka Prozac). And a calmer mind could lead to a calmer stomach.
- Curcumin may have direct stomach-soothing benefits of its own. The spice extract has the ability to enhance the intestinal barrier and fight inflammation at the same time. And that combo could lead directly to a tranquil tummy.
But if you’re battling a nervous stomach yourself, the details behind WHY it works aren’t quite as important as the fact that it DOES work. Or that it does so safely.
You can add turmeric to your dishes to give them a beautiful golden glow. But the best way to get the therapeutic levels needed for these belly-soothing effects is to take a supplement.
Curcumin is often sold in combination with piperine, a compound from black pepper that can help your body absorb the extract better. The “nervous stomach” patients in the new study took 500 mg per day, which is a fairly standard dose.
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