In extreme cases of heartburn, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) provide a solution by suppressing the build-up of stomach acid, shielding the oesophagus and intestinal tract from harm.
However, they also reduce the body’s intake of nutrients such as magnesium.
Now a Thai research study involving 151 people suggests that curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, is just as effective as PPIs.
Three groups with the same ailments took either curcumin, PPI or a combination of the two over a 56-day period. All reported a significant reduction in symptoms.
Capsaicin could even help kick cancers into touch.