Turmeric is normally used to make tasty curries, but many studies have been conducted to find out more about the benefits of its most active compound – curcumin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that at least one out of every two people will develop osteoarthritis by the time they are 85. The agency also warned that 78 million adults will be diagnosed with some form of arthritis by the year 2040 and scientists are trying to find safe and effective treatments for this painful condition.
Research has confirmed curcumin’s extreme potency as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help fight the joint-damaging effects of arthritis. According to a study, a specialized form of curcumin called BCM-95 has a great potential.
In a 2006 animal study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, researchers reported that a curcumin-rich turmeric extract inhibited joint inflammation and joint destruction. The extract also prevented the expression of prostaglandins and of cyclooxygenase 2, two pro-inflammatory substances. Read more…