SPICES TO USE (AND AVOID) IN IBD
Spices are an excellent way to add flavor and antioxidants to our diets; however, some spices can can affect IBD symptoms both good and bad.
Curcumin (turmeric), for example, has been found to decrease inflammation and is used with some success in ulcerative colitis. Other spices have been used to lessen gas or settle the stomach, though there has been less research focused on them to show how well they work.
Spices that may help with IBD:
- Curcumin (Tumeric)
- Chamomile (tea)
- Fennel and anise
- Peppermint (though it can increase reflux for some people)
Some spices, particularly those that increase the heat in foods, seem to increase cramping, gas and bloating.
Spices that may worsen IBD symptoms:
- Chili powder
This article, as well as all others, was reviewed and edited by a member of our Medical Advisory Board.
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