One of the oldest and widespread discomforts faced by mankind is undoubtedly arthritis. Arthritis though not fatal is very cumbersome to handle. Being unable to move is among the worst nightmares of all people and arthritic people really have to face that.
Arthritis is broad name for about a hundred diseases among which the most common are Rheumatoid Arthritis which is an autoimmune disease of the soft tissues which typically affects large joints, Osteoarthritis caused by the wearing down of cartilage which protects the tips of bones and Psoriatic Arthritis which involves inflammation of joints.
Treatment of Arthritis normally includes costly drugs to prevent wearing down of cartilage, improved immunity, hindering immunity (In case of Rheumatoid Arthritis) and at times surgery of the joints is also done. The treatment itself is a long and often tiring ordeal.
But there is a really simple substance which has been proven to be very effective in speeding up and supplementing the treatment of arthritis.
It comes from a plant.
It is Yellow.
It is present in virtually every household.
Yep, old is gold, it is Turmeric.
Various studies and Clinical trials have proved time and again the Turmeric is as good as any drug and sometimes better in treating arthritis. Studies have shown that it is more effective than popular non-steroidal drugs used in treatment of Arthritis like, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac and Naprosyn.
Research conducted on a number of patients has shown that Turmeric aids in relieving pain, lowering inflammation as well as maintaining long term functionality and providing relief.
So, how does turmeric actually aid the treatment of Arthritis?
Let’s start by briefly analyzing its constituents.
Turmeric is mainly comprised of curcuminoids which include, Curcumin
(diferuloylmethane), Demethosycurcumin and Bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Besides these it contains oils like turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberene.
Turmerone being volatile, gives turmeric its typical smell.
Secondly, let’s delve a bit into how wearing of tissues occurs. There are two aspects, Physical about which we can’t do much and Biochemical where the real deal is. Biochemical wearing is caused by oxidation and corrosion by reactive agents. There are many oxidizing agents freely present in the body along with free radicals. Free radicals are extremely reactive substances and can react with virtually anything.The process is simple, the metabolism of oxygen creates free radicals which leech electrons from the tissues protecting the tips of bones. This causes degradation of tissues and thus results in Arthritis.
Now, it’s time to chemically analyze the constituents of Turmeric. Curcuminoids being organic in nature are able to neutralize free radical and form complexes with other reactive agents. The various oils present undertake a similar role.
Now that we know what causes arthritis and what are the properties and constituents of turmeric it is quite easy to figure out how Turmeric supplements the treatment of arthritis.
The presence of curcuminoids in the blood and the corresponding neutralization of free radicals and electron deficient compounds lowers the overall oxidative capacity of the blood. It also reacts and forms complexes with many free radicals thus preventing their reaction with vital tissues. To give an analogy this is very much like distracting the adversary. If the adversary engages with the distraction, it cannot harm you. The free radical react with the curcuminoids and thus cannot harm the important tissues.
Apart from that, Turmeric hinders the metabolism of substances that signal the brain for inflammation thus avoiding it. Another task carried out is lowering the registration of pain in the brain.
In the body most of the processes act this way, Process A triggers Process B which further triggers process C and so on.
Now suppose, Process C is inflammation, what turmeric does is binds with some molecule important in Process A or B thus preventing the inflammation of occurring.
Further, the body registers pain on the basis of concentration of certain substances, turmeric lowers the production of these substances thus apparent pain is lowered.
Both these actions are markedly similar to how anti-inflammatory drugs and Painkillers operate. The only difference being Turmeric is totally natural.
Besides all these, Turmeric helps maintain the immunity of the entire body which ultimately aids the fight against Arthritis. Much research is going on about how turmeric actually affects the immune system but unfortunately nothing conclusive has come up yet.
Let’s complete a checklist.
Turmeric helps in prevention of Arthritis? Check.
Turmeric helps in countering Arthritis? Check.
Turmeric helps in relieving the pain caused by Arthritis? Check.
Stunned? You ought to be!
What these show is turmeric, a completely naturally occurring, naturally harvested and naturally used substance is an all-round package against Arthritis. Prevention, Cure and Relief, all in one.
Lastly, we would like to give you a brief tip off about how to actually use turmeric in treatment of arthritis. First thing is, you can directly consume turmeric in whatever form and combination you like as a preventive agent.
Suggested combinations are with Ginger, Cinnamon, Fenugreek and honey. One way of consuming is boiling turmeric in water or mixing turmeric powder with water and combining the solution with honey, milk etc. You can also make turmeric a part of your daily diet. A pinch in various preparations not only enhances the taste but also maintains your general health.
Secondly, if you intend to use it as a therapeutic agent, there are hundreds of pills available in the market which contain curcumin. These are some of the Best Curcumin Supplements in the Market. It is advised to take capsules instead if tablets. While making tablets, turmeric is heat dried and mixed with various stabilizing agent. This greatly reduces its potency. On the other hand while making capsules, turmeric is freeze dried and packed in a sterile capsule minus any sort of stabilizing agent. It is as pure as is possible in a drug.
Hope that this helps you in preventing and fighting arthritis. If you suffer from arthritis, know that we are always with you and you have our best wishes.
Author: Rohan Dandavate
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