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Curcumin for Pain and Inflammation of Arthritis

Curcumin, also known as turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and several studies suggest that it can ease the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The long-term use of currently available drugs for the treatment of RA has many potential side effects. Curcuminoids have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammatory conditions for centuries. Recently, a novel, highly bioavailable form of curcumin in a completely natural turmeric matrix was evaluated for its ability to improve the clinical symptoms of RA in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The results indicate that this curcumin preparation acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent for the management of RA at a dose as low as 250 mg twice daily. The study participants did not experience any problems or side effects related to the curcumin.

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