The combination of turmeric and fennel essential oil sustainably soothes intestinal discomfort. We now zoom in on these two plants that might become the best allies to your digestion:

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Turmeric

Native to southern Asia, this plant from the ginger family is used in the kitchen, but has also been an ingredient of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicines for many centuries. Turmeric is known for its healing properties and contributes, among other things, to digestive comfort.

The turmeric root, also known as ‘rhizome’, contains a set of substances called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most important. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that contributes to the flexibility of the joints, muscles and tendons. Obtaining optimum activity would require ingesting large amounts of turmeric, because curcumin is only very poorly absorbed by the body and does not easily penetrate the blood. Therefore, it is advisable to favour bioavailable forms, because they allow a better absorption of curcumin in the body.

Good news: even at high doses, curcumin does not cause side effects and proves to be non-toxic, both for animals and for human beings.

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Fennel

Characterised by its anise flavour, fennel root is mainly consumed as a vegetable.

However, its seeds and essential oils have many other uses: while fennel seeds can, for example, help to stimulate breastfeeding, the essential oils are known to mitigate the production of digestive gases in cases of bloating and flatulence.

Did you know?

Adding some turmeric to your dishes gives them a nice orange colour. Moreover, it is the turmeric that gives curry its orange hue.

Did you know?

Abdominal bloating is caused by an accumulation of gas in the intestine, causing intestinal distention. The volume of the abdomen increases, giving the feeling of a bloated belly.