Turmeric is a spice grown in India that is related to the Ginger family. It is a common ingredient in curry and is often used in organic mustards, butter, and cheeses to give it a yellow coloring. It is also sometimes used for the same purpose in cosmetics. This spice has been touted as having the ability to help a wide range of diseases, which (among others) includes: headaches, bronchitis, colds, fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, diabetes, jaundice, liver problems, and tuberculosis. But is turmeric good for arthritis?
Is Turmeric Good For Arthritis?
Many natural health practitioners claim that turmeric can be used to lessen the severity, duration, and amount of arthritic flare ups in diseases where an inflammatory autoimmune reaction is to blame. The reasoning behind this falls to a chemical compound known as curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is said to help reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This helps to greatly increase the overall quality of life of arthritis patients. It has been said to be particularly effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
While these claims are heavily debated in the modern medical community, there has been extensive studies done that show positive results. Unfortunately, these studies have been done in rats, and information on how turmeric works in humans has not been widely investigated. Preliminary experiments have shown positive, however, and there are high hopes substantial proof will be offered of turmeric's claims in the near future.
The Bottom Line
As long as you do not fall into one of the high-risk categories we explain below, there are no major downsides to attempting oral consumption of turmeric for arthritic pain. Although studies in humans are limited, it is at least worth a shot for many individuals.
Turmeric is not safe for some individuals. If you are allergic to the spice, please avoid using it. Turmeric is not safe for people with gallbladder problems, bleeding problems, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), iron deficiency, or people who have recently had surgery. People who have breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids should refrain from consuming this spice. Turmeric may lower testosterone levels, decrease sperm count, and result in infertility when taken by men in very large amounts.