Welcome back to our series of articles as we deep dive into the individual ingredients that make up the TurmeriX® blend. Each ingredient was chosen to be part of the blend for its unique individual properties and for its complementary synergy when mixed with other powerful natural ingredients. One ingredient on its own cannot do it all, but when taken together that is where the effectiveness happens!
This week our in-depth look is at Sodium Bicarbonate!
So… What is Sodium Bicarbonate?
Sodium Bicarbonate is a chemical compound most commonly known as baking soda. Its formula is NaHCO3 Which includes a salt composed of a sodium cation Na+) and a bicarbonate anion (HCO3-).
Sodium Bicarbonate has a bitter taste and is slightly alkaline. It is a white powder commonly used as a pH buffering agent. It is a natural antacid.
Sodium Bicarbonate to Relieve Indigestion
Sodium Bicarbonate is a quick-acting antacid and reduces stomach acid which may help with indigestion and upset stomach. Sodium Bicarbonate is an alkaline element, when it mixes with an acid it lowers the pH level and may cause for a calmer stomach. Sodium Bicarbonate is the quick acting ingredient in many over the counter indigestion remedies.
Sodium Bicarbonate to Aid with Heartburn
Heartburn is not related to the heart but rather the esophagus. It is common after a large meal to have heartburn. By eating foods that are more acidic (i.e. orange juice, coffee, cheese) there is more acid in your stomach and esophagus causing the heartburn. Sodium Bicarbonate and water mixed together may help to neutralize the acid bring your body back to a more neutral pH level.
Sodium Bicarbonate as Antibacterial
A few studies have suggested the role of baking soda into antibacterial activity. As for instance, they revealed a substantial inhibitory activity against streptococcus mutans (commonly found in the human oral cavity and is a significant contributor to tooth decay.)
Sodium Bicarbonate as Antifungal
More research should be done about its mechanism of action; but Sodium Bicarbonate has shown some potential antifungal properties and may have positive effects against skin or nails itchiness and redness caused by different groups of pathogenic fungi (yeast, dermatophytes and mold). A study has even suggested that a treatment of Sodium Bicarbonate, could be able to prevent the spread of mucormycosis (mold) in patients with DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis).
Baking soda is used in many different areas: cooking, pyrotechnic, alkalinity increase, veterinary use, cleaning and may have some positive effects on our health as well.
Check back our next article and discover Stevia; another important ingredient in your TurmeriX® blend!