Digestive health is an essential contributor to well-being. The health of the gastric tissue, or mucosa, is reliant on protective mechanisms to balance the natural, harsh conditions imposed by gastric juices and to prevent cellular damage. This delicate balance can be disrupted by environmental exposures innate to the function of the stomach. Much research has been targeted at maintaining the healthy function of gastric tissues.
A study done by researchers in India indicated that the effects of ginger and turmeric essential oils on gastric mucosa were examined to identify any possibly gastroprotective benefits. After taking both essential oils at the same time, the researchers found that cellular levels of antioxidant enzymes increased significantly. Also, they found that the gastric tissue exposed to ginger and turmeric essential oils showed a better state of health compared to those tissues not exposed. They postured that the increase in antioxidant enzymes helped prevent gastric damage, thereby maintaining better health of gastric tissues. While these findings require further investigation, they may demonstrate that essential oils may optimize vital cellular processes to routine health maintenance.