Curcumin – the nemesis of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC chats with our La Grande chiropractic patients daily about inflammation and pain, especially back pain
and neck pain
, arm pain
and sciatica. Chiropractic care
with an anti-inflammatory nutrition approach is helpful especially when incorporating curcumin, an addition backed by several recent studies!
CURCUMIN: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-OXIDANT-ENHANCING, SAFE, EFFECTIVE
A recent scoping review (based on 389 citations from 8 different databases)
of evidence about the use of curcumin for inflammation-related condition found a lot of support for the clinical benefit of curcumin for diseases in which inflammation plays a key role like osteoarthritis, metabolic disorders, etc. (1)
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (65 of them)
that studied the impact of turmeric/curcumin on inflammation and oxidation balance discovered that supplementation significantly decreased inflammatory markers (CRP and IL-6) and enhanced anti-oxidant activity, augmenting the body’s inflammation/oxidation balance
Another analysis of randomized controlled trials (29 of them focused on 5 types of arthritis – ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and gout/hyperuricemia)
made known the safety of using curcumin as well as the change for the better with respect to pain and severity of inflammation
An additional analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials specifically focused on the effects of curcumin on osteoarthritis concluded that curcumin and curcuma longa extract may be safer and more valuable supplements for osteoarthritis than NSAIDs and placebo
. What's more, the unpleasant effects of curcumin were comparable to those of placebo, rendering it a safer option. Indeed, when compared to NSAIDs, another regularly utilized treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was observed to have similar effects on joint pain, function, and stiffness but with a lower incidence of adverse events
So why not give this natural alternative a shot? Let’s talk about it at your next La Grande chiropractic visit.
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
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