Curcumin – the enemy of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa talks with our West Des Moines chiropractic patients daily about inflammation and pain, especially back pain
and neck pain
, arm pain
and leg pain. Chiropractic care
with an anti-inflammatory nutrition approach is helpful especially when incorporating curcumin, an addition supported by several recent research papers!
CURCUMIN: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-OXIDANT-ENHANCING, SAFE, EFFECTIVE
A recent scoping review (from 8 databases with 389 citations)
of evidence regarding the use of curcumin for inflammation-related condition found much support of the clinical benefit of curcumin for inflammatory-related diseases 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 found that supplementation significantly reduced 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)
made known the safety of using curcumin in addition to the change for the better in terms of pain and level of inflammation
A further analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials specifically centered 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
. Moreover, the adverse effects of curcumin were akin to those of placebo, making it a safer option. In fact, when compared to NSAIDs, another commonly utilized treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was observed to have similar effects on joint pain, function, and stiffness but with a lesser occurrence of adverse events
So why not give this natural option a chance? Let’s talk about it at your next West Des Moines chiropractic visit.
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