Curcumin – the enemy of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Back And Neck Care Center talks with our Severna Park chiropractic patients daily about inflammation and pain, particularly back pain
and neck pain
, arm pain
and sciatica. Chiropractic care
with an anti-inflammatory nutrition approach is helpful especially when adding curcumin into the mix, an addition backed by several recent studies!
CURCUMIN: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-OXIDANT-ENHANCING, SAFE, EFFECTIVE
A new scoping review (from 8 databases with 389 citations)
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 found that supplementation significantly reduced inflammatory markers (CRP and IL-6) and improved anti-oxidant activity, enhancing the body’s inflammation/oxidation balance
Another analysis of randomized controlled trials (29 of them centered on 5 kinds of arthritis – ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and gout/hyperuricemia)
revealed the safety of using curcumin as well as the improvement in terms of pain and severity of inflammation
An additional analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials specifically centered on the effects of curcumin on osteoarthritis determined 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, rendering it a safer option. Indeed, when compared to NSAIDs, another regularly used treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was observed to have comparable effects on joint pain, function, and stiffness but with a lower incidence of adverse events
So why not give this natural alternative a try? Let’s talk about it at your next Severna Park chiropractic appointment.
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