5 Ways Turmeric can help Arthritis
Author: Deb Date Posted:24 May 2017
Turmeric for Arthritis
Turmeric has been used in India and China for over 4,000 years. It’s been loved for its earthy flavour, golden colour and immense medicinal benefits. We now see it everywhere, as turmeric latte’s, café food and cooking creativity at home. My mum is always adding it to scrambled egg and my friend colours her children’s porridge with it!
But there’s more to turmeric than its rich colour. Turmeric is a traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine, used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It still remains popular in India for treating wounds, bruises, blood purification, regulating menstruation, relieving abdominal pain and enhancing healthy digestion. The western world is now starting to catch up. Turmeric is becoming immensely popular for treating an array of ailments and diseases.
Curcumin is the key active compound in turmeric that possesses potent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Inflammation is a normal response to infections, but the problem comes when the inflammation becomes chronic. Inflammation of arthritis can lead to wearing away of joint tissue and cartilage.
5 Turmeric Benefits for Arthritis
1 Turmeric lessens joint inflammation by blocking inflammatory pathways, thereby reducing pain and swelling.
2 Turmeric and its active ingredients help control and PREVENT the spreading of arthritis
3 Turmeric prevents thickening of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints from inflammation
4 Curcumin helps regulate the immune responses if arthritis has resulted from an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
5 Curcuminoids (the group of compounds found in turmeric) slow down the progression of osteoarthritis by preventing loss of bone tissue.
It is worthy to note that turmeric can benefit any inflammatory disorder. Combining turmeric with ginger increases the effectiveness of the herbs for treatment of arthritis pain. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory compounds to reduce stiffness. Pepper drastically increases curcumin's bioavailability by over 2000% which is rather impressive!
So, we recommend taking whole turmeric with ginger and pepper. To optimise turmerics absorption, you could also mix it with oils, such as coconut oil, olive or flaxseed. I'm a big fan of a simple wrap for lunch and sprinkling some loose organic turmeric over the top of a healthy infill finished by a dash of olive oil completes my daily requirement.
So many health benefits from such little effort.