What is curcumin, and what evidence is there that curcumin can help reduce pain in patients with arthritis or other chronic musculoskeletal pain? Curcumin is a chemical substance found in turmeric, a spice used as an ingredient to flavor curries and other Indian cooking. There is a growing  body of research suggesting that curcumin may help to reduce inflammation.

A March 2014 study reported in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging showed curcumin to be equivalent to Ibuprofen in alleviating pain from knee osteoarthritis.

A February 2015 study reported in the Journal of Dietary Supplements tested the relationship between curcumin and oxidative stress, the imbalance between the production of bad free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify the harmful effects of these free radicals. Oxidative stress has been implicated as one of the many things going wrong in arthritis patients.

The most recent study looked at 40 patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. The patients were split between taking 1,500 mg of curcumin and a placebo for six weeks, during which time oxidative stress markers were measured in their blood. The patients taking curcumin showed much less oxidative stress than the patients who were given the placebo. The measured change in the three markers for oxidative stress was significant, between 200 and 400 percent.

Research for the use of curcumin as a supplement to treat inflammation is mounting. You can purchase curcumin supplements from Regenexx.

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Curcumin for Knee Arthritis? first appeared as a post on the Regenexx blog.