curcumin helps osteoarthritis

90% of people over 40 have at least some osteoarthritis. Most of them are put on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). That means that most people over 40 are on NSAIDs. The problem is, NSAIDs actually make your osteoarthritis worse because they erode the substances around the joints: they inhibit cartilage repair and accelerate joint destruction. They also cause GI bleeding and ulcers.

A safe, natural treatment would be really welcome. Could that treatment be as simple as curcumin?

 

A recent review looked at 16 controlled studies of curcumin and osteoarthritis. 12 of them compared curcumin to a placebo and 4 of them compared it to other treatments, including the NSAIDs ibuprofen and celecoxib.

13 out of 14 studies that measured clinical outcomes found significant improvements with curcumin.  Curcumin commonly increased how far people with osteoarthritis could walk and decreased their Western Ontario and McMasters Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores. Three placebo-controlled studies found that people who take curcumin can significantly reduce their NSAID use.

Three studies compared curcumin to NSAIDs, and the winner was curcumin: 2 found that curcumin was as effective, and one found that it was better.

Of the 5 studies that measured inflammation, 3 found significant reductions with curcumin; of 3 studies that measured free radical damage, all 3 found significant reductions with curcumin.

Though this study adds weight to the curcumin case, it comes as no surprise. A review of 15 osteoarthritis studies found that curcumin improves pain, physical function and quality of life while reducing the need for painkillers and side effects from drug treatment (Drug Des Devel Ther 2016;10:3029–3042). And a systematic review and meta-analysis of all controlled studies of curcumin for osteoarthritis found that 1g a day significantly reduces pain and significantly improves the WOMAC osteoarthritis index and that it is as effective as pain meds (J Food Med 2016;19(8):717-29).

So, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, and you don’t want the disease to progress while you try to kill the pain, then the research suggests that curcumin may be a safe, effective solution for you.


Nutrients 2019;11:1004. pii: E1004


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For much more on preventing and treating osgeoarthritis, see our book The Family Naturopathic Encyclopedia .

For comprehensive help with osteoarthritis, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now. Linda’s clinic is now open for virtual appointments.

 

The Natural Path is intended for educational purposes only and is in no way intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. For health problems, consult a qualified health practitioner for a comprehensive program.

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