Turmeric is more than just effective in cooking. It is also a strong pain-reliever. It has been proven to be more effective in treating arthritis than ibuprofen.
Recently, it was published an exciting trial that revealed the kitchen spice (turmeric) as an effective natural alternative to ibuprofen, and it is used in knee arthritis treatment. This was published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
The turmeric is safer than ibuprofen. It is proven! It does not cause side-effects, it has anti-inflammatory effect and it is considered as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Turmeric contains polyphenol, known as curcumin, which has been studied to have more than 600 health benefits.
In the review of Lancet a year ago, ibuprofen was considered to be as toxic to the heart as the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx which is banned for use, and it has also contributed to thousands of deaths every year from cardiovascular diseases.
This factor is confirming why culinary spices alternatives are important, that are known to be accessible, affordable and time-tested.
The safety and efficiency of curcuma domestica extract in the treatment of patients with knee arthritis were confirmed by a study. 109 patients that were diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis were involved in the study. The patients were given 800mg of ibuprofen daily or 2,000 of turmeric each day for six weeks.
Their pain was measured during basic actions that involved their knee, walking, stairs etc. assessed by time spent during 100m walk and also going up and down a flight of stairs as the primary outcomes.
After six weeks when the study was over, the groups showed significant improvements, with all primary outcomes similar, but the turmeric group showed a better performance on 100m walk and less pain from going up and down the stairs. This group had a higher satisfaction with the result of the treatment than the ibuprofen group.
While the ibuprofen group patients stated that they did not have any kind of satisfaction. It was observed a distinctive trend toward a greater effect in the patients receiving turmeric than the ones receiving ibuprofen.
Dried C. domestica rhizomes were grounded into powder that later was extracted with ethanol and evaporated at low pressure just to obtain ethanolic extract that is rich in curcuminoids and oil. When the oil was removed, the only thing that was left was the curcuminoid extract. 250mg of curcuminoid extract is in the content of every single C. domestica capsule.