#Turmeric Tim !
I was greeted in my waiting room the other day with “are you Turmeric Tim?”
This likeable gentleman was deadly serious, although behind his question there was a hint of a smile. He had come to see me for his lower back pain on the recommendation of his work colleague that I had helped out some months previously with an arthritic knee. Due to the fact that not only had I allegedly sung the praises of Turmeric but also because said arthritic knee was no more, thanks to some hands on treatment from myself and one tablet a day of turmeric, it is after all the easiest way to take this ‘super spice’, I was now to be known as ‘Turmeric Tim’ and although it’s not exactly gone hashtag mad on twitter it did make me smile and apparently has gone viral in a village not too far away!
So why was I recommending Turmeric?
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and research into this ‘super spice’ that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine has indicated that it may have many health benefits and of particular interest to me is the natural pain killing anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown positive effects on both rheumatoid arthritis and the inflammation associated with arthritic joints and has also shown it to be helpful in preventing joint inflammation too.
Turmeric Tim explains:
Although short term inflammation is a natural and necessary process and actually vitally important in the body’s defence system, long term chronic inflammation is the bad guy, particularly when the body’s own joints and tissues become damaged by it. This long term chronic inflammation may be at a low level and in the early stages undetectable with no or little obvious signs or symptoms but it is believed to play a very significant role in many diseases including various degenerative conditions. The active ingredient curcumin targets and blocks multiple inflammatory pathways and also down regulates some of the very same inflammatory enzymes that prescription type non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs target but without the side effects of non-steroidal drugs. To read more research into the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin click here.
Should everyone with arthritis be taking Turmeric?
Well although it has been used for thousands of years in Ayuvedic medicine there are some known cautions and you may wish to discuss these with your GP before taking.
- Turmeric Stimulates bile production. If you have gallstones or gallbladder disease you should speak with your doctor before taking turmeric because it increases the production of bile which is produced in your gall bladder and may worsen the gallstones.
- Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. If you are taking any medication to thin your blood such as aspirin or warfarin do not take turmeric as it is a natural blood thinner and may interfere with your blood viscosity.
As with all supplements you should consult your GP prior to taking them if you take any other prescribed medication, are pregnant or lactating or in doubt.
How to obtain enough Turmeric.
Turmeric is a spice used in many types of cooking but to achieve the high levels that research has been based upon on a daily basis is extremely difficult unless taken in the form of a daily supplement. Our one a day Turmeric supplement can safely be used alongside glucosamine and fish oils as part of a joint care program.
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