You don’t want to reach for the pain pills again. But let’s be honest, sometimes the arthritis pain wins. And then you feel like you don’t have much choice.
When you battle chronic pain, there are good days and bad days. And the bad ones can crack the resolve of the best of us.
I get it. In fact, I’ve been there myself.
And I’m willing to bet most arthritis patients have a Sam’s or Costco-sized bottle of Tylenol or a similar over-the-counter med they can turn to on those bad days.
You likely know there are some serious risks with these drugs. And the longer and more often you take them, the more serious the side effects could be. (For more on the dangers of these drugs, click here to see my earlier report.)
But you’re barely limping along and in a TON of pain. And you’re out of options, so you pop the pills.
Well, I’ve got good news for both of us. New research confirms that an all-natural superstar I’ve recommended before CAN help soothe arthritis-triggered knee pain without the risks.
In fact, scientists say it even works as well as some of the most popular painkillers on the market, such as Tylenol.
Better absorption helps curcumin beat knee pain
Curcumin has gotten a TON of attention in recent years, even right here in Healthier Talk. And for good reason.
This extract from the spice turmeric is a POWERFUL inflammation-fighter, on par with some top medications. Plus, it’s a heck of a multitasker. Out in the real world, it can help fight pain, protect the heart, enhance circulation, and shield the brain.
But there’s a catch: Your body doesn’t always absorb curcumin very well.
That’s where the new study shines. Because researchers used a form of curcumin that your body CAN soak up better and put to work easier. They tested it in a head-to-head battle with acetaminophen in a study of patients with osteoarthritis.
The volunteers were divided up into two groups. Some participants were given 500 mg twice a day of this unique form of curcumin, while others took 650 mg acetaminophen three times a day.
Arthritis pain and stiffness PLUNGED
After six weeks, the two groups had roughly the same overall improvements in…
In other words, everything you’d be looking for in your battle against arthritis. But the spice extract didn’t just match the drug’s benefits. In one critical way, it FAR exceeded them.
Nearly one in five patients on curcumin had improvements of 50 percent or more versus no one in the acetaminophen group. Plus, tests revealed that the patients given curcumin had much lower inflammation levels.
To no one’s surprise, the folks taking acetaminophen had more than double the odds of side effects. And, of course, the long-term use of the drug is even worse. It’s been linked to kidney damage, cardiovascular problems, stomach issues, and even death.
In the study, researchers used a brand of curcumin called Biocurcumax. It cleverly mixes the pain-fighting curcumin with turmeric oil boosting its absorption. I haven’t seen the research behind it myself, but Biocurcumax’s developers say the turmeric oil increases absorption by seven times.
You can look for supplements using Biocurcumax (BCM-95) or similar products by carefully reading labels. Some other forms promise similarly enhanced absorption, including Theracurmin and CurQfen, both of which have also aced tests for arthritis pain. Plus, piperine, a black pepper extract, has been shown to help boost curcumin absorption.
Shop around, and see what may be best for your needs… and your knees.