Do you suffer from aches in your joints after training, when the weather is bad or the days get colder?
Joint pain can affect your mood, your workouts & your entire life in a negative way. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help reduce or eliminate your pain & get you back to pain-free & happy.
What is Turmeric?…
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant which has been harvested in Indonesia & southern India for over 5,000 years.
Traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellowish-orange colour it has been used for centuries as a condiment, a healing remedy & a textile dye.
While most people are excited to try the newest fad, the newest discovery & the newest supplement, they sometimes forget that there are thousands of ancient remedies that have been tried, tested & lasted the test of time.
Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both Chinese & Indian medicine for centuries.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
Turmeric As A Spice…
When used as a condiment or cooking ingredient turmeric is peppy, warm & bitter. Many compare it to the taste & fragrance of orange & ginger.
Turmeric is best known as an ingredient in curry & it is actually the ingredient that gives mustard its recognisable bright yellow colour.
Health Benefits of Turmeric…
Studies have shown turmeric to have a significant impact on the body in the following ways:
- As an Anti-Inflammatory
- As a treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Helps those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis
- Helps protect colon cells from free radicals that cause cancer.
- Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth & Metastases
- Reduces Risk of Childhood Leukemia
- Improves Liver Function
- Helps Protect the Cardiovascular System
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Protects Against Alzheimer’s disease
Nutrients in Tumeric…
Tumeric is a great source of:
- Vitamin B6
- Dietary Fibre
Tumeric for Joint Pain…
A study published in The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine compared the active ingredients in turmeric to that of the pain reducer & anti-inflammatory ibuprofen.
The study showed that the turmeric worked just as well at relieving joint pain as 800 milligrams of ibuprofen daily.
Dr. Minerva Santos, director of integrative medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York says that she uses a lot of turmeric in her practice. In an interview with the New York Times she stated:
“It’s an amazing spice….In India, whenever they use turmeric they usually have pepper in the meal,” said Dr. Santos. “Piperine is a pepper. It helps the turmeric get absorbed so that it goes into your bloodstream versus staying in your gut.”
How To Take…
Dr. Santos recommends a dose of 2,000 milligrams a day. She also recommends purchasing a bottle rather than simply spicing up your food as it is combined in the bottle with the piperine which helps to aid in absorption.
The Bottom Line…
Whether taken in pill form or whether you enjoy spicing up your food & the weekly dose of curry, adding turmeric to your diet & your medicine cabinet can make a big difference when dealing with joint pain.
Remember – because the active compound in turmeric, curcumin can sometimes slow blood clotting, do not mix turmeric with blood thinners.
As with anything, it is a good idea to check with your primary care physician to ensure that this addition will not disrupt any of your current medical routines.
Also remember, next time you are looking for a cure for an ailment, start with the old remedies. Often the ‘new’ ones are simply attractive new branding of age old gems!
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