Our next installment focusing on anti-inflammatory supplements will take a look at Turmeric! Although it is commonly used in curry and other foods, it is frequently used as medicine. Turmeric contains Curcumin which gives it a bright yellow color and can have the ability to decrease, you guessed it, inflammation.
Now, a common use for Turmeric is for joint pain and swelling being that it is often used for conditions that involve pain and inflammation. The thought process being that Turmeric’s ability to reduce inflammation can be effective at providing relief throughout the body’s joints. Once again, my days at GNC are replaying in my head saying that this was the most common supplement I would sell for individuals seeking joint pain relief.
Turmeric is considered safe to consume orally and 1-2 grams per day is a typical dose in a supplement. Turmeric can be purchased on its own and most products will include a black pepper extract to increase absorption. Other products specifically for joint pain and discomfort will include Turmeric as well as other products like glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.
This brief focus on using Turmeric to treat pesky joints should not take away from the general anti-inflammatory effects it can have throughout the body. It should also be noted that Turmeric can potentially be useful for helping with allergies too. As with anything, pending research is still out on other conditions that may or may not be helped by consuming supplemental Turmeric.
Try adding more Turmeric into your food or a good quality, third-party tested supplement and see what kind of help it can offer you!
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