|Emma McGowan NatureCity author & contributor|
The majority of studies examining the health benefits of turmeric have focused on the curcuminoids found in turmeric. A recent study, however, suggests that the polysaccharides found in turmeric also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief from osteoarthritis pain.
The study included 120 participants over the age of 40 who had osteoarthritis in their knees. Over the course of 42 days, the participants took one of the following interventions twice daily:
1. 500 mg of Turmacin™ (an extract of turmeric polysaccharides)
2. 750 mg of glucosamine sulphate in combination with 500 mg of Turmacin™.
3. 750 mg of glucosamine sulphate
4. 400 mg of a placebo
All the participants were assessed on day zero, day 21 and day 42 for severity of osteoarthritis pain and physical functioning.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the Turmacin™ supplement group showed improved joint movement, less joint tenderness, better joint effusion, and less joint grating and crunching. They also reduced usage of over the counter pain medication.
The study was conducted by researchers with Natural Remedies Private Limited. It was published in the December 2012 issue of Inflammopharmocology.
Turmeric has been used in folk remedies for years to ease menstrual cramping, help heal wounds, and to improve the appearance of skin. Recent studies have suggested that it may also protect against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis. All of these benefits are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.
Yellow curry is a great source of turmeric, but if your stomach can’t handle curry or you don’t care for Indian food, considering taking a high quality supplement.