By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:00 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 22:35 BST, 14 September 2020
It is the latest health fad - present in everything from soy lattes to vegan cakes.
But there may be something in the health craze for turmeric after all.
A scientifically robust study, published in a respected medical journal, has found that the yellow spice may be an effective painkiller for arthritis.
A randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial concluded that extract of turmeric was more effective than a 'dummy' placebo treatment at reducing knee pain.
A scientifically robust study, published in a respected medical journal, has found turmeric may be an effective painkiller for arthritis
Turmeric, which is widely used as a flavouring in South Asian cooking, has been used as a traditional Eastern medicine for centuries.
But it is only in recent years that modern science has begun to take the spice seriously as a drug.
Osteoarthritis - sometimes called 'wear and tear' - is a condition that occurs when the surfaces within joints become damaged.
Cartilage covering the ends of bones gradually thin over time, and the bone thickens, according to Versus Arthritis.
Around a third of people aged 45 years and over in the UK