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This week: Turmeric for arthritis
TURMERIC – a relative of the ginger plant, the powdered root of which is used as a spice in curry – has a number of health benefits. Research has shown that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, has not only antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage but also anti-inflammatory benefits thought to help arthritis.
When patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis were given capsules containing curcumin daily for six weeks, they experienced improvements in pain and physical function, reported the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2014.
A second study in the same journal compared three groups, one taking curcumin, the second an anti-inflammatory (diclofenac sodium), and the third, a combination of both.
All three groups saw improvement in disease activity scores, but the curcumin-only group showed the most improvement.
If you’re considering turmeric supplements, talk to your doctor and do not stop regular medication without medical advice.
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