There’s no question turmeric is one of the most health-beneficial spices in the world. The thing is, it not only improves the taste of your dishes, but, it also acts as a natural pain reliever. To be more specific, turmeric is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory and there’s mounting evidence to support that. This spice has actually been found more efficient in relieving arthritic knee pain than ibuprofen.
According to the results of a new clinical study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, this popular kitchen spice is a better natural alternative for treatment of knee osteoarthritis than the widely used painkiller – ibuprofen. On the plus side, this spice is not only effective, but it’s all-natural and doesn’t incur any side effects or health complications. It is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. What’s more, over 600 health benefits have been found for the active ingredient in turmeric – curcumin.
A recent study published in the Lancet last year, has identified ibuprofen as a heart toxin. What sheds more light to this issue is the fact that the popular anti-inflammatory drug – Vioxx has been banned after causing thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease. Taking that a patient’s life is at stake, natural alternatives, such as those in the form of kitchen spices, are a far better and safer solution for inflammatory health issues. There are numerous advantages to common spices – they’re safe, inexpensive, and easily available.
A study examining the efficiency and safety of curcuma extract in patients with knee osteoarthritis included 109 patients diagnosed with this condition. For a six-week’s period, the study subjects were given 800mg ibuprofen or 2,000mg turmeric per day.
What the researchers did was measure knee pain during some basic activities including walking and taking the stairs. Tense were assessed by time spent during 100-m walk and going up and down a flight of stairs.
At the end of the study, both groups saw considerable improvements; the only difference in the primary outcome was that the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100-m walk and reported less pain going up and down a flight of stairs. Moreover, the turmeric group experienced fewer side effects and the subjects expressed higher satisfaction with the treatment results as opposed to those in the ibuprofen group.
Last, but not least, patients receiving turmeric experienced a distinct trend toward overall health improvement unlike those in the ibuprofen group.
The study used dried rhizomes of C. domestica, which were grounded into powder. Then ethanol was used to extract the turmeric powder. After ethanol evaporated at low pressure ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids were obtained. In order to obtain only curcuminoid extracts, the oil part was removed leaving each capsule of C. domestica extracts with 250mg of curcuminoids.