Healthy Holistic Living
Advertisement

Why You Should Always Consider Taking Turmeric For Pain and Inflammation Before NSAIDs

loading...


Turmeric has proven itself more to be more than just effective in cooking, but as a natural pain reliever as well!

In one study published in 2009 by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, turmeric was found to be as effective as ibuprofen in treating arthritis of the knee. More specifically, the study randomly administered either 800mg of ibuprofen or 2000mg of turmeric a day for six weeks to 109 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. At the end of the clinical trial, the researchers found that both treatment options had improved pain levels, with no significant difference between their effectiveness. 

Advertisement

In a follow-up study conducted in 2014, entitled Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study,  367 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis were randomized to receive 1200 mg of ibuprofen or 1500 mg of turmeric extract over 4 weeks. Researchers again found very similar improvements in both treatment types. However, the patients administered ibuprofen were much more likely to report side effects, like stomach pain, than patients administered turmeric extracts.

Advertisement

In other words, turmeric could be as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The polyphenol in turmeric, known as curcumin, has also been found to have incredible benefits, like anticancer and pro-kidney properties.

It’s a good thing, too, that we finally have an effective natural alternative to ibuprofen. In a Lancet review, ibuprofen was found to be as toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, which has contributed to tens and thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year.

Clearly, more research should be conducted to confirm the effectiveness of natural alternatives, especially if they can allow consumers to substitute expensive, artificial medicine with culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible, and time-tested.

 

Sources:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204250150508147&set=a.1069354328303.12190.1059432125&type=1

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-beats-ibuprofen-arthritis-knee

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/04/turmeric-beats-ibuprofen-for-arthritis.html

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-beats-ibuprofen-arthritis-knee

http://wakeup-world.com/2014/04/05/turmeric-beats-ibuprofen-for-arthritis-of-the-knee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=turmeric-beats-ibuprofen-for-arthritis-of-the-knee

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/

Article originally posted on OrganicHealth.co

A Quick Note from Our Founder

Have you been curious about losing weight eating Bacon and Butter? You're not alone!

Going "Keto" has helped so many of my friends drop weight and keep it off.

And it's the perfect time to try it because right now you can get a free copy of a brand new cookbook called The Bacon and Butter Cookbook

This cookbook is jampacked with 148 delicious ketogenic recipes that will help you burn fat like crazy. Even stubborn belly and thigh fat won't stand a chance because your body will have NO CHOICE but to burn that fat for fuel!

If you've struggled to get rid of stubborn fat, you owe it to yourself to test-drive the keto diet and see how effective it really is. It’ll be easy once you have this free cookbook…

HURRY, this FREE offer won’t last long!

Michelle Toole
Follow me

Michelle Toole

Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
Michelle Toole
Follow me
Advertisement