Turmeric For Heartburn: Can It Be Your Go-To GERD Reliever?

You might have heard that turmeric is good for heartburn – and it can be … But taking too much turmeric can make your GERD issue worse.  So how effective is turmeric in treating heartburn?

First we’ll deal with the benefit and the dosage of turmeric for acid reflux and indigestion and then move on to the side effects that you ought to be aware of.

What makes turmeric a good natural treatment for GERD?

Turmeric has the ability to get the gallbladder to release important enzymes that help to digest the food. As you already know, the acid imbalance in the stomach and the consequent weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter cause the acids and the majorly undigested food reflux into the esophagus. The esophagus is just a conduit from your mouth to your stomach – so it naturally cannot handle the need to digest.

What turmeric does is increase the bile acids from the gall bladder in order to get the food fully digested in the stomach.

As long as you keep the maximum dosage of turmeric less than 500mg per day, you should be fine. You can take turmeric in its natural form as a spice used as part of your meal, or you can use a supplement.


Make sure to ask your doctor before you go ahead with turmeric as your remedy for GERD.

Turmeric may worsen your situation if taken in the wrong dosage – or if it reacts with something else in your system…

Here are the possible side effects of turmeric as a remedy for acid reflux—

  • People usually do not have allergic reactions to turmeric, but there’s always a chance that your body cannot take turmeric. This can result in nausea, gastric, and diarrhea. In this case, it’s best not to rely on turmeric.
  • If you’re pregnant, or nursing, you shouldn’t have turmeric. This is because research shows that turmeric can lead to uterine contractions and when pregnant, this could cause premature uterine contractions and possible complications at childbirth. As for the effects of turmeric in breastfeeding, they are yet to be known for sure.
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  • Turmeric can also react to pain medication – so it’s best to avoid taking the two together.
  • Turmeric can interfere with the blood clotting mechanism in the body and so should be avoided before a surgery. So stop having turmeric at least 2 months prior to the surgery.

And the most important factor—

Turmeric can get in the way of proper digestion – excessive secretion of bile from the gall bladder can lead to unwanted strain on the gallbladder as well as on the kidney. This leads to indigestion and a worsening of the GERD symptoms.

So when you consider turmeric for heartburn, it all comes down to whether your body is taking well to this alternative remedy. While turmeric works for some…and works great…it might not work for you. Your doctor alone can help you with this – so make sure to consult him before turning to turmeric as your GO-TO heartburn reliever.


If you are interested in finding out more see this great post about the many benefits of turmeric from our friends at BeeNaturalStore.com.au.