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Tips To Use Turmeric For Arthritis Pain


By: Maggie Martin

Turmeric is a bright yellow herb commonly known for its powerful antibiotic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. No wonder it’s used in Asian medicine to treat a wide range of conditions especially those that result in inflammation. Arthritis is among those conditions that can be relieved using turmeric. Here’s how to make turmeric for arthritis pain work for you.

Opt for turmeric capsules

When taken in capsule form, turmeric has higher levels of curcumin and thus is more effective. Tablets are usually heated and also consist of a stabilizer which is added to give them a shape. This tends to make turmeric tablets less powerful. Capsules on the other hand are usually freeze-dried. This means that they will remain fresh for a long time and have the most effect.

Take the right dosage

Turmeric can be taken as a spice in food and this doesn’t cause any side effects. However, if you will be taking turmeric for arthritis in form of capsules, the recommended dose is 250 to 500mg and it should be taken thrice daily.

Combine with other herbs

You can get the most effective by using turmeric with other herbs like ginger. Both contain anti-inflammatory compounds so when taken together, they will significantly reduce swelling and muscle stiffness for arthritis patients. You can choose to make a tea that contains turmeric and ginger or even buy them in capsule form. If making a tea, add some honey to give it some taste.

Avoid taking turmeric with food

If you want turmeric to work as a pain reliever and also help reduce inflammation, take it in between meals as opposed to consuming the herb with food. When taking with food, turmeric tends to act more on the digestion. It doesn’t act on the body tissues where it will help reduce pain and inflammation.

Eat pineapples

ineapples contain a special ingredient, bromelain which together with turmeric can help in relieving arthritis pain. Bromelain is an enzyme that is mostly found on the skin and leaves of pineapples. It is known to act as a pain reliever. Make sure you do not overuse any of these compounds because they are both capable of thinning blood.

Seek doctor’s approval

Turmeric when taken in large doses can cause thinning of the blood. There are also side effects of taking turmeric in supplement form. Make sure you consult your doctor before you begin this, or any other kind of herbal treatment.


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Author Bio:

Maggie Martin is Ph.D. in Cell Biology graduate. She is very passionate about healthy living and has been writing about Food and Healthy Lifestyles. When she is not busy, she takes interest in a variety of things such as lifestyle, food, health, herbal medicine, and the benefits of turmeric. Follow her on Twitter @Maggiemartink

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