Curcumin – the nemesis of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Spinal Care Clinic chats with our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic clients daily about inflammation and pain, especially 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 recent scoping review (from 8 databases with 389 citations)
of evidence about 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 improved anti-oxidant activity, enhancing 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)
divulged the safety of using curcumin in addition to the improvement with respect to 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 valuable supplements for osteoarthritis than NSAIDs and placebo
. Moreover, the adverse effects of curcumin were akin to those of placebo, rendering it a safer option. Indeed, when measured against NSAIDs, another commonly used treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was found 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 Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment.
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