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How can turmeric help with my osteoarthritis?

Updated: Nov 24, 2021




Turmeric is a spice made from the roots of the turmeric plant. This plant belongs to the ginger family. It originated from India, and has been used both as a spice and a medicinal herb for many years.



How can turmeric help with my osteoarthritis?

Turmeric contains a natural antioxidant called ‘curcumin’. Studies show curcumin can help protect cartilage within joints by reducing inflammation. People with osteoarthritis have found that taking turmeric can improve their levels of pain, function and joint stiffness.

How much turmeric should I be taking for its benefits?

There is ongoing research about the dose. Current evidence suggests that you need around 1000mg of curcumin to achieve the benefits.

Taking a curcumin capsule is the easiest way to get this dose every day. This is because you would need to take very high doses of fresh or powder form turmeric to have similar effects.

We recommend using the turmeric supplement if you are an adult and NOT pregnant, as there is currently limited safety information in pregnancy or in children.

How long do I need to take it before I see any benefits?

You will need to take the recommended dose of curcumin for at least 12 weeks to see the greatest effects on your symptoms. If there is no benefit, you can stop the supplement.

Are there any risks of taking turmeric?

Most people tolerate this supplement without issues. Some people experience mild gastric symptoms.

Turmeric taken in higher doses can interact with certain medications. If you use the following medications, please discuss taking turmeric with your doctor or pharmacist:

- Antiplatelet drugs (i.e. clopridogrel, aspirin)

- Chemotherapy

- Cholesterol lowering medication called statins (i.e. atorvastatin)

Turmeric may reduce blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic and prone to hypoglycemia, please consult your doctor first.






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