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Oct 30th 2013

Curcumin Outperforms NSAIDS in Rheumatoid Arthritis

. . . without adverse side effects A recent study done in India found that 500 mg of curcumin taken twice daily outperformed a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), diclofenac, in alleviating pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Most importantly, those participants taking curcumin had none of the adverse side effects that are so common with NSAIDS. This was a pilot study involving only 38 participants, however the authors noted that a 2009 study comparing curcumin with ibuprofen for relieving osteoarthritis symptoms produced similar results. The study followed the participants, all of whom had mild-to-moderate rheumatoid arthritis, for 8 weeks. Adverse side effects reported in the diclofenac group were itching and swelling around the eyes, dimness of vision, and increased measures of liver toxicity. The researchers noted that typical symptoms of NSAIDS include gastrointestinal bleeding, increased blood pressure, accelerated osteoporosis, decreased production of blood cells, liver toxicity, eye toxicity, and hypersensitivity and allergic reactions. NSAIDS also inhibit synthesis of cartilage, making joint problems worse in the long run. They also create deficiencies in important nutrients like folic acid, vitamin C, calcium and iron. The researchers noted that some curcumin studies in the past have been limited by the poor absorption and bioavailability of available curcumin, and that they had used an especially bioavailable form in this study.  Beyond Health curcumin is also exceptionally bioavailable. Our experience at Beyond Health is that curcumin is helpful in alleviating both osteoarthritic and rheumatoid arthritis pain.
Chandran B. A randomized study to assess the efficacy and safety to curcumin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. Phytotherapy Research. November 2012;26(11):1719-1725.
 

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