Several studies have shown that curcumin is a highly effective treatment for osteoarthritis (see Vol 19 No 7 of The Natural Path). Now a just published review of the research has strengthened the evidence for curcumin as an important osteoarthritis treatment. . . .

Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of curcumin for osteoarthritis. When people with osteoarthritis were given turmeric extract or ibuprofen, 91% of those taking curcumin reported moderate to high satisfaction versus 80.4% taking ibuprofen (J Altern Comp Med 2009;15:891-897). In a second study, curcumin lowered pain scores significantly better than placebo. 60% of the placebo group still used NSAIDs; only 32% of the curcumin group did (J Orthop Sci 2014;19:933-9). And in another ibuprofen comparison, scores improved significantly in both groups, but the curcumin was safer (Clin Intrerv Aging 2014;9:451-8).

The new review included 15 studies. 13of the studies were randomized. Among the randomized studies, 5 compared curcumin to placebo, and 4 compared it to NSAIDs. Others compared it to “best treatment,” chondroitin or glucosamine.

People using curcumin had improvements in pain, physical function and quality of life. They also were able to take less pharmaceutical painkillers and experienced reduced side effects from drug treatment.

The curcumin seemed to work in part by preventing the death of condrocytes, which prevents loss of cartilage, and by reducing inflammation and free radical damage.

Drug Des Devel Ther 2016;10:3029–3042

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