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Turmeric and joint pain relieve

7 Feb

A friend told me how turmeric – a spice that comes from a root – has helped her with her arthritis pain. By mixing equal parts turmeric and black pepper, she is able to season her meals. This turmericmix of spices has helped her joints so much, she is not even taking pain medication any more. This spice has also helped her dog’s arthritis condition.

I decided to read the research done on turmeric after listening to so many wonderful things about it. Turmeric is a common spice and one of the main ingredients in curry powder. One of the primary active ingredients of turmeric is curcumin, a type of curcuminoid. Curcuminoids are yellow and used to color foods and cosmetics.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a large number of studies have been conducted on the relationship between curcumin and various health conditions. These included studies on the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties of curcuminoids. This research has found the following conclusions:

  • Curcumin was found to be safe and reduce inflammation in six human trials. It may exert its anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.
  • It may improve overall digestion.
  • Curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon cancer. Tumeric’s preventive effects may relate to its antioxidant properties, which protect cells from damage. More research is needed.
  • Test tube and animal studies suggest turmeric may kill bacteria and viruses, but research is unclear if it would work in people.

The recommended dose of turmeric powder for adults is 400 to 600 mg or 1 tsp once a day, or you can add ¼ of teaspoon to each meal four times a day. There are many ways to add turmeric to your foods: Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. Toss it with roasted vegetables (like I just did for my dinner), add it to rice, try it with greens, use it in soups or blend it into a smoothie.

Adding turmeric powder to your food is considered safe for adults. At the recommended dosage, taking supplements of turmeric is also considered safe for adults. But, turmeric supplements haven’t been studied in children, so there is currently no recommended dose. As always, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

Since I like the flavor of curry, for one month I will add a teaspoon per day of curry to my food. I am curious to find out if I will feel any difference in by body. I will let you know!