An extremely exciting new clinical trial published recently in the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine" has revealed that there is an effective natural alternative to ibuprofen, a popular pain reliever for treating knee osteoarthritis, and it comes in the form of a spice. cooking. The species has been shown to be much more effective in safety and with far fewer side effects. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. The polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin It is proven to have more than 600 health benefits.
In the Lancet magazine last year, ibuprofen was found to be as toxic to the heart as the already banned anti-inflammatory Vioxx - it has likely contributed to tens of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. This is an important factor as to why evidence-based natural alternatives are extremely important, especially when they involve culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible, and time-tested.
A study entitled "Efficiency and safety of turmeric extracts" in patients with knee osteoarthritis, was carried out with 109 patients with a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis who were randomly assigned to receive 800 mg daily of ibuprofen or 2000 mg of turmeric per day, for a period of six weeks.
The researchers measured pain, walking, stairs, and basic knee functions by assessing the time spent walking 100 meters, going up and down the stairs, and assessed the primary outcomes.
After six weeks, significant improvements were seen in both groups, with all primary measures similar, except that the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100-meter walk and less self-reported pain going up a flight of stairs, too. , the turmeric group had fewer adverse effects, satisfaction with the treatment results of the turmeric group was enormous.
Finally, there was a clear trend towards a greater effect in patients who received turmeric than ibuprofen.
Turmeric powder was extracted with ethanol and then evaporated under low pressure to obtain ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids. The oil part was then removed in order to have isolated curcuminoid extracts.