Potent Anti-Arthritis (supports healthy joints)
Arthritis, a medical condition characterized by swollen and painful joints, is widely prevalent across populations around the world. Generally, steroids and NSAIDs are used to alleviate arthritis, but these come with extensive negative side effects. Curcumin, however, is a natural way to ease the tenderness, swelling, and pain induced by arthritis, rendering the same results as the aforementioned drugs.
Benefits Of Curcumin In Arthritis
1. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory agent
Inflammation is the primary symptom of arthritis. The inflammation spreads to the fluid lubricating the joint leading to a condition called synovitis which leads to joint stiffness. Curcumin uniquely inhibits the action of pro-inflammatory enzymes in the joints and synovial fluid , without the side effect of gastric erosion, unlike clinically used NSAIDs.
2. Curcumin possesses anti-arthritic activity
Turmeric is proven to be superior to ginger and indomethacin (a painkiller) in terms of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, which prevents the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Curcumin is an excellent antioxidant
Oxidative stress , a cause degradation of joint tissue in arthritis, has clinically tested to be have been reduced through the supplementation of curcumin, which noticeably augments antioxidant osteoarthritis.
4. Curcumin has bone protective properties
Curcumin hinders the degradation of cartilage, joint, and bone tissue that is consequential of arthritis. The compound protects chondrocytes- a type of bone cell from inflammation and erosion, and slows down progression of osteoarthritis by preventing loss of bone tissue. Studies have confirmed that that curcuminoids reduce the activity of osteoclasts (bone cells that absorb bone tissue) and maintained osteoblast function (cells that lay down bone tissue).In addition, curcumin prevents the loss of articular cartilage (soft tissue that ensures joint flexibility) in osteoarthritis.
5. It prevents progression of arthritis
In rheumatoid arthritis, the cells that are immune to cell death and destruction perpetuate the disease through inflammation. Curcumin pointedly destroys these cells, preventing inflammatory activity, by vitalizing the proteins that cause apoptosis (cell death), which regulates cell production, restricting the progression of arthritis.
6. Curcumin can combat infection in arthritis
Septic arthritis is caused by fungal infection. Curcumin has a broad spectrum anti-microbial activity- it inhibits growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi and synergistic action with antibiotics and potentiates their activity. This property eliminates sepsis in arthritis.
7. Turmeric is better than painkillers and other drugs used to treat arthritis
Research proves that curcumin at a dose of 1500mg/day is as effective as ibuprofen, a painkiller treating knee osteoarthritis. And this comes with an added advantage that curcumin is safer for the stomach than ibuprofen. Furthermore, curcumin has been as effective a as diclofenac sodium (an analgesic) in inhibiting the activity of inflammatory enzymes. This implies the same benefits as chemical drugs, without the injurious side effects.