There’s a natural remedy that’s been used for centuries in traditional medicine to fight some of the worst aches and pains.
Now, modern science is finally backing this time-tested treatment in a really big way. In some cases, it can work better than common painkillers for one of the leading conditions tormenting seniors.
Researchers say it can fight arthritis pain.
And while it’s gold in color, it’s thankfully not even close to gold in price.
In fact, you can find this remedy yourself in stores and online for the value of some much less precious metals. You know, like the ones rattling around in your pocket and stuffed in between the sofa cushions.
Go for the GOLD in pain relief
Curcuma longa, or turmeric, is the spice that gives so many Indian dishes that distinctive rich yellow color. But the REAL treasure here isn’t in what this member of the ginger family does for food.
It’s what the compound locked inside, called curcumin, can do for your body. And in this latest study, specifically what it can do for aging knees wracked by arthritis pain.
Scientists asked 70 older folks with knee pain from arthritis to take either two curcumin capsules or two placebo capsules each day for 12 weeks.
And in that time, there were some pretty impressive changes in the folks who got the REAL “golden” remedy.
They reported measurable improvements in…
- physical function
The scientists say the overall benefit was “modest.” But don’t be fooled by that description. They also admitted that those “modest” results were still BETTER than what we typically see in studies using painkillers to relieve arthritis agony.
Besides, as anyone battling pain can tell you, ANY improvements are welcome. Especially if they don’t come with side effects.
Target arthritis pain with a supplement
The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was short in the grand scheme of things. Twelve weeks isn’t a long time, especially when you’re battling a long-term chronic condition such as arthritis.
But given curcumin’s reputation as a natural inflammation-fighting painkiller, there’s a solid chance it would be even more effective over a longer study.
Turmeric has gotten pretty popular over the past years. I’ve even seen it added to lattes. And more people are learning to cook with it.
But if you want the arthritis pain-smashing benefits, you’re probably going to have to do more than sprinkle it onto your chicken.
Consider a supplement, like the extract used by the folks in the new study. Your own doctor can help you figure out the best dosage for you.
Along with easing your achy arthritis wracked knees, this same all-natural remedy could help enhance circulation and improve heart health.
Plus, there’s evidence you could boost memory and reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms with curcumin.