• Rheumatoid Arthritis: Turmeric Extract Found Superior To Blockbuster Drug

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    The good news is that many articles show that turmeric is a safe and effective treatment for RA. It’s inexpensive, readily available in your grocery or health food store, and has no side effects. Read on to discover what it is, and how to use it.

    Turmeric is a highly prized health remedy with a revered place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia, a comprehensive holistic health care list that dates back to 500 B.C. Today, PubMed has more than 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles on curcumin(the active compound in turmeric), making curcumin one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in science. It even surpasses other well-studied herbs such as garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, and ginger.

    A highly promising pilot study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research broke new ground in 2012 by identifying a safe and effective natural alternative to drug therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful and debilitating autoimmune disease that can lead to a substantial loss of mobility and function, if not adequately treated. While gradual disfiguration of flexible joints in the fingers are a characteristic sign of this disorder, RA has the potential to affect many tissues and organs by contributing to chronic, systemic inflammatory activity. Estimates are that RA activity beyond the joints, also known as extra-articular rheumatoid arthritis, affects 15-25% of all individuals afflicted by the condition.

    Standard treatment often involves the use of pharmacological painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs intended to suppress symptoms but not alter the underlying trajectory of the disease. In some cases steroids, and even chemotherapy class drugs like methotrexate are employed, …

    Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions. [emphasis added]

    If you have followed our work at, you already know that we have reported extensively on the research indicating that turmeric, and its primary polyphenol curcumin, have a wide range of potential applications for disease prevention and treatment.* For additional information read our research review article titled “600 Reasons Why Turmeric May Be The World's Most Important Herb,” or visit our research center: Health Guide: Turmeric Research.

    The primary study endpoints were reduction in Disease Activity Score 28. The secondary endpoints included American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for reduction in tenderness and swelling of joint scores. Remarkably, the researchers found that while patients in all three treatment groups showed statistically significant changes in their DAS scores, the curcumin only group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall DAS and ACR scores (ACR 20, 50 and 70) and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. They also noted, “More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events.”

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