The ancient Indians have a secret that the rest of the world is beginning to catch onto.
They’re the primary growers and exporters of the root turmeric… out of which the active compound curcumin comes.
Turmeric originated some 4,000 years ago in India. Today, India remains the world’s largest turmeric exporter. At the #2 spot, Germany exports only 1/33rd as much!
Turmeric and curcumin have long been part of Ayurvedic medicine.
One of the key benefits of curcumin has been support of healthy youthful joints.
How Curcumin Supports Joint Health
Curcumin may support youthful joint health based on a number of characteristics of the golden spice.
1. Supports an optimal inflammatory response. Curcumin exhibits powerful ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules in the body, including cytokines and COX-2 enzymes.
Inflammation can affect joint function. So by optimizing inflammation, curcumin may help increase joint comfort and make them feel more youthful and energetic.
2. Exhibits antioxidant activity. Antioxidants snatch up free radicals and combat oxidative stress, which can also affect joint function. Neutralizing these free radicals can be a key strategy in maintaining happy joints and an active lifestyle.
3. Supports cartilage protection. Cartilage acts as a cushion between your bones. Some studies suggest that curcumin could help protect and preserve joint cartilage by inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage. Preserving cartilage integrity is crucial in maintaining healthy joints that allow you to live life on your own terms.
Research is ongoing about other benefits of curcumin on joint health and mobility. There’s limited research showing that it improves joint function. And also that it modulates a healthy immune response which can help protect healthy joints.
4 Specific Published Studies on Curcumin for Joint Health
Study #1: This study looked at the effects of curcumin and also a combo of curcumin and boswellic acid on patients with osteoarthritis. Both the curcumin by itself and the combination treatment improved joint function compared to the placebo group.
Source: “Efficacy and safety of curcumin and its combination with boswellic acid in osteoarthritis: a comparative, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study” (Belcaro, et al., 2010)
Study #2: This study investigated the efficacy of curcumin in managing joint health. Participants who received curcumin enjoyed significant improvements in comfort, function, and quality of life compared to the placebo group.
Source: “Curcuminoid treatment for knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial” (Panahi et al., 2014.)
Study #3: This in vitro study explored the inflammatory response of curcumin on human chondrocytes – the cells responsible for maintaining cartilage. The results demonstrated that curcumin inhibited inflammatory cytokines as well as the enzymes that may cause cartilage damage.
Source: “Curcumin inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokine-induced matrix metalloproteinase activity by suppressing MAPK and the NF-kB pathway in human chondrocytes” (Shakibael et al., 2007)
Study #4: This 2019 animal study found that curcumin lowered joint swelling in rats and also reduced the levels of cytokines. The researchers concluded that curcumin may have beneficial effects and helped balance the inflammatory response.
Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31005039/ (retrieved on 5/31/23)
Other Ways to Get Healthy Happy Joints
Curcumin may help support youthful joints. But it’s by no means the only way to do so. Plus, you might find that you get a synergetic affect from implementing them all.
They are all potent and viable ways to help balance systemic inflammation.
1. Avoid inflammatory foods. The standard American diet is absolutely loaded with inflammatory foods – including the following highly inflammatory foods:
- Factory farmed meat and dairy
- All refined sugars (90% of processed food contains some kind of refined sugar)
- Farmed salmon
- Grains (even whole grains)
- Seed oils (sunflower, safflower, canola, soybean, etc.)
- Artificial sweeteners
- Soft drinks
2. Get 30 minutes of exercise daily. Exercise has an inflammation balancing effect on your body. It may be the last thing you want to do when you feel pain, but it’s actually one of the best things you could do.
Many high-quality studies show that exercise is highly important for decreasing discomfort and improving joint function as well as your quality of life.
As reported in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, a summary of 96 articles reviewed the benefits of physical exercise compared to medications, injections, and surgery. They concluded that exercise led to better outcomes, as well as conferring other benefits.
They also suggest water exercise if it’s too uncomfortable to exercise on land.
(Source: https://www.jospt.org/doi/full/10.2519/jospt.2018.0507 Retrieved 6/1/23)
3. On a related note, try to lose a few pounds. Excess weight puts more pressure on your joints. Even 5 pounds can make a difference.
Harvard Health notes that when walking on level ground, your knees bear 1.5 times your body weight with every step. So if you weigh 200 pounds, your knees bear the brunt of 300 pounds of weight. On an incline or stairs that level is amplified.
Excess weight also increases inflammatory markers in your body in and of itself.
4. Get 8 hours of sleep per night.
Insufficient sleep may make you more sensitive to pain, says a Jan. 28, 2019 study in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Poor sleep interferes with certain pain centers in the brain, which can change how you perceive discomfort.
In the reported study, scientists scanned the brains of 25 healthy adults – first after 8 hours of sleep, and again after being kept awake for 24 to 28 hours. Simultaneously they received painful levels of heat during both scans.
When they were sleep-deprived they showed a 120% increase in the activity of the somatosensory cortex, the region of the brain that interprets pain sensations. Their pain experience was higher when sleep-deprived than when well-rested.
When sleep-deprived, they also had a 60%-90% drop in two brain areas that typically dampen pain perception.
The researchers’ conclusion was that sleep insufficiency makes you less resilient and that pain and discomfort can be reduced by getting more and better-quality sleep.
Curcumin’s Biggest Challenge
One of curcumin’s major problems has been its low bioavailability – or the ability for it to reach and interact with your cells. This is why some people take curcumin but don’t feel any affect.
We solved that problem when researchers discovered that when it “rode” on a protein or amino acid scaffold, it got to the cells quickly. This became our LPS™ technology, or Liquid Protein Scaffold technology.
LPS™ curcumin was so effective that customers began dubbing it, “The curcumin you can FEEL!™”
LPS™ technology is the foundation of most everything we do at UltraBotanica. It’s how we deliver the polyphenols to your cells and optimize your quality of life.
And when you boost your quality of life, the entire world looks rosier.
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