Natural Pain Reliever Helps to Lose Weight

Shows Effects of Osteoarthritis drugs and affects ulcers

Spoon of turmeric

Spoon of turmeric

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of people over 60 years suffer the chronic inflammatory condition, osteoarthritis of the knee.

Most of the sufferers rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve (naproxen), Advil (ibuprofen), or Voltaren-XR (diclofenac). Pharmacological therapy with NSAIDs offers temporary relief in symptoms but is associated with serious risk after long-term use.

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Side effects include: indigestion, gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea, constipation; headache, dizziness, drowsiness; stuffy nose; itching, increased sweating; increased blood pressure; or swelling or pain in the arms and legs. Chronic use causes gastroduodenal mucosal erosions in about 35–60% of patients and gastric or duodenal ulceration in 10–25% of patients. Additionally, elderly patients are at greater risk for gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

Super Curcumin

A clinical study from the journal Trials provides evidence that a less-toxic alternative works as well for pain relief and also supplies weight loss and anti-ulcer effects.

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139 patients with knee OA were randomly assigned to receive either a curcumin 500-mg (BCM-95®) capsule 3x daily or a diclofenac 50-mg tablet 2x daily for 28 days. Patients underwent assessment at baseline and days 7, 14, and 28.

The main outcome measure was severity of pain, Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), anti-ulcer effect, weight-lowering effect, and patient’s and physician’s assessment of therapy at day 28 included as secondary outcome measures.

Similar Effect on Pain

At days 14 and 28, patients receiving curcumin showed similar improvement in severity of pain and KOOS scale when compared with diclofenac.

At day 28, a weight-lowering and anti-ulcer effect of curcumin were observed. None of the patients required H2 blockers for stomach upset in the curcumin group, and 19 patients required H2 blockers in the diclofenac group. Adverse effects were significantly less in the curcumin group (13% versus 38% in the diclofenac group). Patient’s and physician’s global assessment of therapy was similar in the two treatment groups.

The article concludes, “Curcumin has similar efficacy to diclofenac but demonstrated better tolerance among patients with knee OA. Curcumin can be an alternative treatment option in the patients with knee OA who are intolerant to the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”

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