Turmeric and Pain Relief

For more than 6,000 years, traditional healers have relied on one natural pain remedy above all others.

It’s so safe and effective that modern medicine has never been able to come up with a better formula for relief of the inflammation and swelling that causes crippling joint pain.

Known as “Kanchani,” or the “Golden Goddess,” this ancient therapy has been handed down to us from the Ayurvedic healing traditions of India. 

But you probably know it as the bright yellow spice that gives hotdog mustard its distinctive color.

Here’s what I mean…

Turmeric and Pain Relief

I am talking about turmeric and pain relief, and in 6,000 years no one has come up with a better pain reliever for your joints.  In clinical studies, turmeric has gone up against the best that modern science has to offer and it still comes out on top.

In 2010 researchers in Thailand compared one of turmeric’s active ingredients, curcumin, with ibuprofen.  They gave 107 patients suffering with osteoarthritis of the knee either 800 mg of ibuprofen or 2 grams of curcumin. (And remember, 800 mg is a BIG dose… that’s about 4 pills.)

In just six weeks, patients on either the curcumin or the ibuprofen had significant relief from their knee pain while walking and climbing stairs.  The researchers concluded that curcumin is as effective and safe as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

You’ve heard of ibuprofen.  It’s a very popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sold over-the-counter under the brand names Advil and Motrin.  Prescription versions of NSAIDs, heavy-hitters like Celebrex, are the most commonly prescribed arthritis drugs.  But even they can’t beat turmeric. 

Just last year an Indonesian study found that curcuminoid (another active ingredient in turmeric) is just as effective as prescription NSAIDs.  

In the study, 80 patients with knee osteoarthritis took diclofenac or curcuminoid.  Diclofenac is the generic name for an NSAID marketed under the brand name Voltaren.

After four weeks researchers analyzed the joint fluid in the patients’ knees looking for the COX-2 enzyme.  That’s what triggers swelling and inflammation in knee pain.  The researchers found that the curcumin group had a lower amount of the COX-2 enzyme than the diclofenac group.        

But what’s really exciting is that the researchers said curcumin fights pain just as well as NSAIDs but without the troubling side effects.  And that’s a big deal. 

You see, every NSAID must carry a warning label that the drug may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and stomach bleeding.  Other reported side effects include miscarriage, seizures and renal failure.     

But hundreds of studies prove that turmeric and curcumin have a long list of beneficial side effects.  They have antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties and reduce the risk of many cancers. 

Lab studies show that curcumin has a wide range of beneficial actions that may help prevent and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, and may protect against cataracts, psoriasis, stroke damage and heavy metal toxicity.      

Take the Right Kind of Curcumin and Get Pain Relief NOW

In India, people use turmeric daily in many of their traditional meals like curries, soups, rice and lentil dishes.  I add it to my homemade mayonnaise, butter and even oatmeal. For pain relief, an ancient Ayurvedic remedy calls for drinking one cup of warm milk with one teaspoon of turmeric before bed. 

You could also take a curcumin supplement but don’t waste your money on one that doesn’t really work.  Here’s how that can happen. 

When curcumin is “isolated” (removed from the turmeric plant), your blood has trouble absorbing it and putting it to work.  But researchers recently developed a new formula to boost curcumin’s absorption.

They did it by adding back some of the other chemical compounds found naturally in the raw root of the turmeric plant. 

The results were incredible. 

Typically your body absorbs only about half of the curcumin you take in.  But with this new formula tests show absorption shot up to 96%, making it 7 times as potent!

That means just one 400 mg capsule is equivalent to taking about 2,800 mg of other curcumin supplements.  And tests show the curcumin stays in the bloodstream doing its work twice as long as with other supplements.

Life Extension makes a form of this new absorbable curcumin.  For more information, visit http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item00407/Super-Bio-Curcumin.html  (Just so you know, I have no financial ties to Life Extension… it’s just a recommendation.)

Have you tried curcumin for joint pain? Send me an email (you can just hit “reply”) and let me know if it works for you.

Kuptniratsaikul, et al, Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts in patients with knee osteoarthritis, Int J Mol Med. 2010 May;25(5):729-34.

Kertia, et al,  Ability of Curcuminoid Compared to Diclofenac Sodium in Reducing the Secretion of Cycloxygenase-2 Enzyme by Synovial Fluid’s Monocytes of Patients with Osteoarthritis, Indonesian Journal of Internal Medicine. 2012 April; 105-113

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