Turmeric: A Possible Remedy For Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. Its main active ingredient known as curcumin is considered a strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.  Most of the benefits we can obtain from turmeric were mainly due to its curcumin content.

When talking about urinary tract infection, turmeric is considered a healthy, natural, and efficient remedy. Here’s how this spice helps in bringing relief and get us through a difficult time when UTI strikes.

Has Antimicrobial Properties

Turmeric is known for its antimicrobial properties which are attributed to its curcumin content as well as volatile oils like curlone and turmerone. It has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus.

Most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria, particularly E. coli. These microbes overcome the defense systems of the body and infect the urinary tract. Some other bacteria include Staphylococcus species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, etc.

Moreover, turmeric also possesses activity against viruses (adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, etc.) and fungi such as Candida which are also known to cause UTIs.

Helps Suppress Inflammation

Curcumin, a substance present in turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Since urinary tract infection often causes inflammation in the kidney or bladder, turmeric can be an effective natural remedy against it.

May Help Prevent The Recurrence Of UTI

A study revealed that, when used with other therapies, the curcumin in turmeric is effective at reducing UTI infection and in preventing the relapse of UTI in postmenopausal women.

How To Consume Turmeric

We can consider adding turmeric to our meals.

Making golden milk and drinking it before bed can be an effective natural remedy for UTI. Simply add a spoonful of turmeric powder and a pinch of pepper to a glass of milk to enjoy its benefits.

Remember to always opt for organically sourced turmeric if buying the spice as a powder.

Note: Always consult your doctor about how you should be incorporating turmeric into your diet and lifestyle especially if you are taking certain medications.

Other Tips To Prevent UTIs

  1. Avoid smoking and alcohol
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  3. Pee more often
  4. Avoid food that can aggravate the UTI (Coffee, soda, spicy food, alcohol, and artificial sweetener)
  5. Wear loose-fitting pants and clothes