Gastric health is an important contributor to quality of life. The health of the gastric tissue, or mucosa, is dependent 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. Consequently, considerable research has been aimed at maintaining the healthy function of gastric tissues.
In a study conducted by researchers from India, the effects of ginger and turmeric essential oils on gastric mucosa were examined to identify any possible gastroprotective benefits. After administration of both essential oils simultaneously, the researchers found that cellular levels of antioxidant enzymes increased significantly. In addition, 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 proposed that the increase in antioxidant enzymes was what 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 key cellular processes to normal health maintenance.