Harvard Study and BMC suggests curcumin helps ease arthritis pain

Harvard Study and BMC suggests curcumin helps ease arthritis pain

A study from Harvard Medical School and BMC to your attention.

They are related to how curcumin can provide significant relieve from arthritis symptoms but also support weight loss.

A  study published in BMC suggests that curcumin, a naturally occurring substance found in a common spice, might help ease osteoarthritis pain.

Why curcumin? It’s a natural substance, found in the spice turmeric, that has anti-inflammatory effects. Its use has been advocated for cardiovascular health, arthritis, and a host of other conditions. 


The study found

  • Relieve from arthritis symptoms of at least 50% improvement.
  • Fewer side effects with curcumin. For example, none of the study subjects taking curcumin needed treatment for stomach trouble, but 28% of those taking diclofenac needed treatment.
  • Those taking curcumin lost, on average, nearly 2% of their body weight in just four weeks — that’s 3.5 pounds for a 175-pound person.

BMC concludes:

“Curcumin has similar efficacy to diclofenac but demonstrated better tolerance among patients with knee OA. Curcumin can be an alternative treatment option in the patients with knee OA who are intolerant to the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”

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