From osteoarthritis to rheumatoid, arthritis can come in more than a hundred different types. The former is the most common and is a degenerative disease that affects joints and reduces mobility. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects the joints wears away and gets inflamed, mostly due to age. The fact that our body is less able to suppress inflammatory responses as age progresses also means that the inflammation has more chances of becoming chronic and painful. Osteoarthritis sufferers often find their joints swollen and mobility significantly reduced due to pain. As a result, their quality of life reduces which is not a good sign in the elderly.

 

While a fairly large number of medicines and tools like heat and ice packs exist to offer relief to arthritis sufferers, they either come with long term side effects or are short term cures. Fortunately, scientists have discovered something that can not only relieve pain but also reduce or slow down joint damage. This fantastic cure is ubiquitous to the Indian kitchen and is well known in our traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. What is it? Turmeric or to be more exact, the curcumin present in the turmeric.

 

Curcumin is the active compound present in turmeric that shows remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. Praised in our ancient texts and by grannies all across the subcontinent for its healing and antibacterial properties, turmeric is now being rediscovered by scientists for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown curcumin to reduce swelling and pain, thus improving mobility and quality of life in arthritis patients. That’s not all. Studies show that consuming curcumin supplements, in the long run, can not only help reduce the severity of osteoarthritis but is actually better at arresting or preventing the disease in the first place. There is good news for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis too as curcumin supplements have been shown to be more effective in reducing swelling than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Not just arthritis patients, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it is also great for treating diseases as diverse as heart disease to Alzheimer’s.

 

While adding turmeric to your food and milk is always a great idea, one will need to consume large amounts of the spice to gain the benefits of curcumin. A far better bet is to consume curcumin supplements that contain a concentrated form of the compound that is not present in the spice. Supplements like Pure Nutrition’s Curcumin+ help you enjoy the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of turmeric in a condensed but concentrated form.

 

So, if you have arthritis, or if your parents do, try adding a daily dose of curcumin for pain relief, reduced inflammation, and an overall health boost.