What is Curcumin? Is it good for arthritis?

By /

curcumin good for arthritis

Is Curcumin good for arthritis?  Curcumin is an extract from the Indian spice tumeric. The supplement has been widely touted for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and it’s ability to help arthritis. However, what has been published showing that Curcumin actually really helps arthritis? What’s interesting is that many of the studies that I found for Curcumin combined it with another supplement and found that the two combined were better than either one alone. For example, a recent study found that combining Curcumin with Resveratrol was synergistic in activating a pathway which helped cartilage cells maintain their health. The same combination of Curcumin and Resveratrol was found in a 2009 study to protect cartilage cells better than either supplement could protect the cells alone. On the other side of the coin, Curcumin was found to be less effective at protecting cartilage cells when compared to glucosamine in another lab study. The study however used an immortalized cartilage cell line, which while more convenient for the researchers, is a bit of a sketchy comparison to normal fresh cartilage cells. In an interesting rat study, Curcumin was found to be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing inflammatory markers. OK, while it’s helpful to see that the stuff works on cartilage cells in the lab or when used on lab animals, is there any evidence that Curcumin works in arthritis patients? In a recent clinical study, a proprietary form of Curcumin was used in 100 arthritis patients who received either the supplement or were assigned to a control group. The study showed that at the end of 8 months, the Curcumin group had better knee function as well as fewer biochemical markers of inflammation and arthritis. The upshot? Curcumin actually does look like a very promising supplement for use in arthritis and it may get much better at protecting cartilage cells when combined with Resveratrol.

This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get health and wellness information from a trusted source.

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Is Regenexx Right For You?

Request a free Regenexx Info Packet

REGENEXX WEBINARS

Learn about the #1 Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for treating arthritis, common joint injuries & spine pain.

Join a Webinar

RECEIVE BLOG ARTICLES BY EMAIL

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the Blog

CONTACT US

9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021
888-525-3005

FOLLOW US

Copyright © Regenexx 2020. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.

LinkedIn
Email
TO TOP