If you’ve ever experienced seasonal allergies, you understand how frustrating it can be when your symptoms linger for days.
Did you know that spicy food, particularly curry, can help soothe nasal passages, stuffed ears, and sore throats? The secret is in turmeric, which is the main spice used in the sauce for a curry.
Turmeric is a yellow spice that is made from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. Curcumin is an antioxidant compound found in turmeric. It is the main bioactive ingredient that is responsible for giving turmeric its bright, golden yellow color.
Research has shown that it has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. One study showed that curcumin had equal benefits to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis1.
This anti-inflammatory response is similar to the one your body needs to fight off the symptoms of allergies, particularly respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sinusitis.
A 2008 article reviewed the effectiveness of curcumin in treating symptoms of both the allergic response and asthma2. The researchers looked at different studies to show that the allergic response was significantly inhibited for those patients receiving curcumin as part of their standard diet.
Another study from 2013 found that curcumin reduced the allergic response3. During the study, a group of patients were sensitized to allergens, before a curcumin supplement preparation was added into their regular diet. Researchers found that the patients who received the curcumin supplement showed a reduction in the number of allergic rhinitis symptoms, including sneezing, frequency of nose rubbing, eye tearing, and nasal congestion.
In 2016, a study was conducted to figure out the effects of curcumin on a group of 241 subjects who received either oral curcumin or placebo over the course of two months. The researchers used nasal symptoms and airflow resistance to measure how much air was moving through the nostrils and determine the therapeutic effect of the curcumin. They found that those subjects who received the curcumin showed reduced signs of sneezing, runny nose, and less nasal congestion. These symptoms were reduced by approximately 70 percent and persisted after the trial had finished4.
For those who don’t care for spicy food, we suggest taking NATURELO’s Organic Turmeric Powder and Ginger Extract with BioPerine. We isolate curcumin to ensure that our formula includes a standardized amount of 95% curcuminoids for maximum potency.
1. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: A multicenter study. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2014;9:451-458.