It’s amazing what nature has to offer in terms of natural pain relief. Sometimes we need to stop looking towards the drug companies and start to shift our focus towards ancient remedies that have been delivering results for centuries. One of the most highly regarded natural anti-inflammatories in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine is curcumin. Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric, the most popular spice in Indian cuisine and a major ingredient of curry powders. As we are about to see, there is a lot to be gained from this amazing spice!

My wife Melissa and I use a great deal of this anti-inflammatory spice is in our foods. We will often have it in a vegetable curry, or an Indian dahl on basmati rice, or even some turmeric root added to our green celery-and-cucumber juice. If you’d like to do this, simply pick up some turmeric root at your supermarket – but here’s a warning! Don’t let any spilled turmeric juice lie around on your bench top for long – or you’ll be scrubbing all weekend!

For an extra anti-inflammatory effect you can also consider taking curcumin as a supplement. This could be of great benefit if you are looking for a natural alternative to the over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's). The problem with NSAID's is that they wreak havoc on your digestive system. They can cause ulceration, bleeding and intestinal permeability or 'leaky gut' in regular users. [1] This goes directly against our mission to heal the cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis using natural RA therapies and the ideal RA diet. One of the great advantages of curcumin is that, unlike NSAID's, it has been shown to have no gastrointestinal side effects [4].

In many cases, supplemental curcumin has also been shown to be superior in effectiveness. For RA sufferers curcumin has been shown to create a higher percentage of improvement compared to Voltaren [3]. In OA sufferers curcumin was shown to do as good or better than Ibuprofen [1] and in another study the OA patients taking curcumin were able to decrease their usage of their NSAID's after a few weeks. [2]

All in all, there is magic in this humble Indian root that is worth exploring, along with many of the other strategies that I describe in my free email training course.. Whether you want to try it in some meals, or as concentrated curcumin in a supplement, it is highly likely that your body will thank you. Enjoy! But don’t leave any on your bench tops.

By Clint Paddison
Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Ambassador

For all changes to your diet and lifestyle first consult a licensed physician. Those who are pregnant, have gallstones, or are susceptible to kidney stones may want to moderate their turmeric/curcumin consumption.[5]

[1] J Altern Comp Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):891-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0186.]
[2] Gianni Belcaro et al, Vol 15, no.4 Alt Med Review
[3] Phytother Res. 2012 Nov:26(11):1719-25
[4] Pharmacognosy reviews, Jan-Jun 2013, Vol 7, Issue 13, Turmeric (curcumin) remedies gastorprotecive action


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Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Do not change your diet if you are ill or on medication without the advice of a qualified health care provider (your physician, for example).