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Relieve Knee Pain with Curry?
Created on 5/30/2014

A recent study published in Phytotherapy Research offers preliminary confirmation of something many people with arthritis have found out on their own -

eating curry may help reduce the pain of arthritis.

A few cautions, however:

- the researchers did not investigate eating curry foods - they used an extract containing curcuminoids, which come from the plant turmeric (Curcuma longa) and are found in curry powder

- the study was small, with only about 20 people in the group getting the curcuminoids and about 20 in the group given placebo

- the study focused on symptoms of osteoarthritis, often called degenerative joint disease, and not on rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis

Now the good news - after 6 weeks, people taking the extract experienced less pain and better joint function than those taking the placebo, though no change in stiffness was noted.

So there may be promise for the use of curcuminoids in the management of arthritis.

The even better news?

You can get small amounts of curcuminoids by eating curry dishes.

If you were to eat curry dishes a few times a week you may experience less inflammation and pain from degenerative joint disease. Given a choice of taking the herbal remedy or eating a delicious curry dish a couple of times a week, I would start with the far more enjoyable meal!

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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