Turmeric: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory Prescription

Turmeric: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory Prescription

Debra Murray

 

Turmeric has been used for centuries as a spice and food preservative by the indigenous peoples of India and Southeast Asia. In addition to its culinary role, turmeric has also been used in traditional medicines and remedies for various illnesses including cough, biliary disease, diabetic complications, cardiovascular disease, and various forms of arthritis and rheumatism.

 

While turmeric has been studied for its anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, and gastrointestinal benefits, its potent anti-inflammatory properties have shown to be particularly beneficial to individuals suffering from common rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis (form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine). Turmeric's therapeutic anti-inflammatory properties are currently of great interest to the scientific community.

 

The active component of turmeric, known as curcumin, has demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in scientific studies. One trial suggested that curcumin led to the production of stress proteins with similar effects to commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications.

 

Other trials have shown inhibition of common biochemical inflammatory pathways in the body known to be involved with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis following the administration of curcumin. In animal studies, curcumin convincingly reduced joint inflammation induced by various noxious substances.

 

Several researchers have gone further and performed basic clinical trials observing the clinical benefits of turmeric in humans suffering from joint inflammation. A clinical trial involving 18 patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed significant improvement in morning stiffness and joint swelling following a two week course of turmeric capsules.

 

Another study of recent surgical patients showed that administration of curcumin significantly reduced post-operative swelling at the surgical site. Turmeric and curcumin have proven be safe even in very high doses with no toxic effects observed in human safety trials.

 

These potent anti-inflammatory properties have led researchers and physicians to contemplate a wider role for turmeric in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other common inflammatory diseases. There is an increasing acceptance and awareness of turmeric's potential benefits in the entire scientific community as a whole.

 

Turmeric is a critical part of any joint support supplement. However it must be pure and standardized to the highest manufacturing quality to replicate the positive results found in the studies. BLUESPRING uses Curcumin C3 Complex® in Joint Support, the only turmeric selected by the NIH (National Institutes of Health), MD Anderson Cancer Center and UCLA for their clinical trials.

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