Curcumin – the enemy of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries chats with our Manchester chiropractic clients every day about inflammation and pain, especially back pain
and neck pain
, arm pain
and leg pain. Chiropractic care
via an anti-inflammatory nutrition approach is helpful especially when incorporating curcumin, an extra backed by several recent research papers!
CURCUMIN: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-OXIDANT-ENHANCING, SAFE, EFFECTIVE
A new scoping review (based on 389 citations from 8 different databases)
of evidence regarding the use of curcumin for inflammation-related condition found much 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 examined the impact of turmeric/curcumin on inflammation and oxidation balance reported that supplementation significantly decreased inflammatory markers (CRP and IL-6) and enhanced anti-oxidant activity, boosting 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)
revealed the safety of using curcumin in addition to the change for the better in terms of pain and inflammation’s severity
A further analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials expressly centered on the effects of curcumin on osteoarthritis concluded that curcumin and curcuma longa extract may be safer and more effective supplements for osteoarthritis than NSAIDs and placebo
. What's more, the unpleasant effects of curcumin were akin to those of placebo, making it a safer option. In fact, when measured against NSAIDs, another commonly used treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was observed to have comparable effects on joint pain, function, and stiffness but with a lesser occurrence of adverse events
So why not give this natural alternative a shot? Let’s talk about it at your next Manchester chiropractic appointment.
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