curcumin is at least as good as drugs and safer for osteoarthritis

The evidence is piling up so fast, it’s crazy! This herb is better for osteoarthritis than anything the pharmacy has to offer.

Bones are hard with rough edges. At the ends of our joints, there is a cushioning pillow of cartilage. When that cushion degenerates, we experience pain and reduced joint motion. That is osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability in people over 65. It most commonly occurs in the joints of your hands, knees, hips and spine.

Earlier this year, a study found that curcumin was better than the drug paracetamol because it worked just as well, but it was safer and better at reducing inflammation (Trials 2021;22:105). Curcumin has also beaten diclofenac (Trials 2019;20:214) and ibuprofen (J Altern Comp Med 2009;15:891-7; Clin Intrerv Aging 2014;9:451-8).

In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a drug that can stand up to curcumin. A recent review of 16 studies didn’t only find that curcumin worked, in the 3 studies that compared it to NSAID’s, 2 found that it was as good, and one found that it was better. A systematic review and meta-analysis also found that it is as good as drugs (J Food Med 2016;19(8):717-29). And remember, it’s safer.

Still not convinced?

The most recent systematic review and meta-analysis just published its results on 16 controlled studies of curcumin for knee osteoarthritis. Eleven compared it to a placebo, and five compared it to a NSAID.

Turmeric significantly reduced knee pain and improved physical function compared to placebo. And, once again, it worked just as well as the drugs. And, once again, curcumin was safer than the drugs and as safe as a placebo. The authors conclude that curcumin “is a safe and effective option for the symptomatic management of knee OA, compared to . . . NSAIDs.”


Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2021 Jan 28;23(2):11


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