There is scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of turmeric extract as well as a ginger extract in the treatment of arthritis. Here I will give a short overview of Arthritis on its main forms and will explain how curcumin and ginger extract can elevate the pain and the inflammation-related symptoms that are associated with the disease.
What is Arthritis?
The term arthritis is derived from the Greek words “artho” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease, with over 100 different forms of it.
More than 50 million adults have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
The most common form of Arthritis is osteoarthritis, but other include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases.
Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative Arthritis. It happens when the cartilage – the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones – wears away causing the bones to rub against each other, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Over time, joints can lose strength and pain may become chronic.
Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. It happens when there is chronic inflammation in the body and it mistakenly attacks the joints, potentially causing joint erosion (read more about chronic inflammation here).
Common arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the affected joints. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years but may progress or get worse over time.
The exact cause of arthritis is still uncertain, and there is no treatment for its fundamental causes. The major goal of current arthritis treatment is to reduce joint pain induced by inflammation in the joints, daily wear and tear of joints, and muscle strains.
The existing pharmaceuticals for treating arthritis are analgesics, steroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce the symptoms such as severe pain and inflammation.
However, the drugs have some adverse effects in the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system.
Therefore, some herbal treatments that can mitigate the pain and inflammation will be preferable as potential primary or adjunct therapies for relieving arthritis symptoms.
Herbal Alternative to Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
Turmeric for Arthritis
Many studies show that turmeric and its active ingredient -curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation properties and modifies immune system responses.
Curcumin is believed to exert its anti-inflammatory effects through regulation of enzymatic activities. It has been found to regulate numerous molecular targets and pathways that are linked to inflammation.
A 2016 systematic review and meta-analysis provided scientific evidence that 8–12 weeks of standardized turmeric extracts (typically 1000 mg/day of curcumin) treatment can reduce arthritis symptoms (mainly pain and inflammation-related symptoms) and result in similar improvements of the symptoms as ibuprofen and diclofenac sodium.
Therefore it was stated that turmeric extracts and curcumin can be cautiously recommended for alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis .
Another study from 2014 shows a significant reduction in knee pain after 8 weeks of treatment with highly-bioavailable curcumin on knee osteoarthritis patients .
In another study done in 2012 on patients with active rheumatoid arthritis, the patients that used curcumin showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall disease activity score and reduction in tenderness and swelling of joint scores. These scores were significantly better than the patients that were using diclofenac sodium. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events .
Ginger for Arthritis
The ginger’s benefits come from several different compounds, including gingerols and shogaols. These compounds have both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
The anti-inflammatory properties of the ginger seem to help relieve pain and improve function for all types of arthritis. The compounds in ginger can function as a COX-2 inhibitor, the same way as common medications for rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis.
These benefits extend to those with osteoarthritis too. One review of 5 studies found that those with osteoarthritis who took ginger had a 30% decrease in pain and a 22% reduction in disability, compared with control groups .
How can I get good quality of curcumin and ginger extracts?
Curcumall® is an all-natural liquid herbal supplement of turmeric extract, curcumin and ginger extract. It was developed over the course of seven years by scientists in the health and medical research fields to harness the health-giving properties of curcumin without the problem of stomach upset and with improved absorption.
Typically, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract. Curcumall® is more readily absorbed than most available curcumin products due to its extraction process and liquid form. This technologically advanced formula delivers more curcumin to the blood while optimizing its efficacy.
Most Curcumin products include piperine, an extract of black pepper that is added to enhance the absorption of Curcumin. Turmeric supplements using piperine may cause problems with pharmaceutical medications, and people who take Curcumin supplements containing piperine, have complained about gastrointestinal upset caused by the piperine. Curcumall® doesn’t contain piperine while offering high absorption of Curcumin.
Tip: If you want to use good quality curcumin/ turmeric as well as ginger to mitigate Arthritis pain, take Curcumall® twice daily.
Curcumall® has no side effects. You can even use it in cooking. Check out our recipes here for an easy way to incorporate curcumin into your menu.
Suggested Use: Twice daily, mix 1-2 teaspoons of Curcumall® liquid curcumin in a glass of water and drink on an empty stomach (half an hour before a meal, or two hours after a meal).
- Arthritis Foundation https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php
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