Turmeric Curcumin For Joint Pain & Inflammation - What Makes It So Special?
The one-line answer to this common question is “Curcumin”.
It is one of many powerful substances in turmeric called curcuminoids. In fact, the same substance gives turmeric its bright yellow color. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti- inflammatory.
1. Its Pain-Reducing Potency Is Comparable To That Of A Common Pain Medication
Patients with arthritis often use a class of medications called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs) to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Some common examples include Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer), Celecoxib (Celebrex), Diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), Fenoprofen (Nalfon) etc.
A 1980 study found that young patients who took curcumin for 2 weeks achieved significant improvements in arthritis symptoms. Interestingly, the effect was comparable to that of phenylbutazone, which an NSAID similar to Ibuprofen.
2. It Helps You Walk Longer With Less Pain
For arthritic patients, chronic pain can be debilitating as it severely restricts their movement.
In a 2010 study, researchers noted that curcumin when taken with phosphatidylcholine greatly enhanced the walking ability of patients with osteoarthritis. Moreover, the curcumin-treated patients had lower levels of an inflammatory substance called C-reactive protein (CRP) in their blood.