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Curcumin Helps Defeat Osteoarthritis

Curcumin Helps Defeat Osteoarthritis

By    |   Friday, 07 September 2018 12:21 PM

Curcumin has been touted as an all-natural treatment for diabetes and even many forms of cancer, but now experts say it may also help alleviate the symptoms of painful osteoarthritis. Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. says in an article for NutritonFacts.org that this Asian spice may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the disease that affects more than 20 million Americans. Greger, a New York Times bestselling author who has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, is a pioneer in preventative medicine and nutritional healing.

“It is estimated that 20 percent of us will be affected in the coming decades and we’re seeing more and more young people with osteoarthritis so its becoming more widespread,” says Greger. “Can anti-inflammatory foods help with this disease?”

Greger says that we used to view osteoarthritis as a “wear and tear” disease but now more studies reveal that there is a prominent inflammatory component.

“This is supported by the fact that there is a significant higher production of inflammatory prostaglandins from tissue samples obtained from the knees of people suffering from the disease,” noted Greger. So, if the loss of cartilage is caused by inflammation, then eating anti-inflammatory foods may help.

A recent China study showed that using optimal nutrition and exercise should be the first line of management for osteoarthritis. Researchers found that people who consumed inflammatory foods such as meat, dairy, fat and processed foods had serious health consequences.

On the other hand, those who ate a plant-based diet such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits, beans and split peas for example, had lower levels of inflammation. The phytonutrients in the plant-based foods decreased the degradation of joint damage, inflammatory activity, cell death, and oxidative damage.

Dr. Greger further states that obese people not only have more stress on their joints because of sheer weight, but the fatty tissue inside out joints contains inflammatory chemicals that have been shown to increase cartilage degradation. That’s where curcumin comes in.

“Curcumin may not only help prevent the release of these inflammatory chemicals, but may also slow the formation of the fat pad in the first place,” he says. He cites a recent study in which participants suffering from mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis were given the best available medical treatment such as anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers as the control group while a second group were given the same medications along with curcumin. The group with curcumin, according to Greger, did significantly better and were able to double their walking distance.

“The curcumin group was also able to decrease their drug use, side-effects, hospitalizations and other treatments,” he says.

A second study confirmed that people who take curcumin did as well or better than those who took the popular pain reliever ibuprofen, which can cause serious side effects such as ulceration bleeding and perforation of the stomach and intestines—which actually happened to someone in the study. 

“Whereas the side effects of curcumin include potentially protecting you against a long list of diseases,” says Greger.

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