Could TURMERIC fight off the pain of arthritis?

Could TURMERIC fight off the pain of arthritis? Scientists reveal the yellow spice is more effective than a placebo at relieving knee pain Turmeric is widely used as a flavouring in South Asian cooking It has been used as a traditional Eastern medicine for centuries But it is only in recent years that science has begun to take the spice seriously   University of Tasmania, Australia, carried out the study on 70 patients  All had symptomatic knee osteoarthritis and swelling inside the knee joint

By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:00 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 22:35 BST, 14 September 2020

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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

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.

WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?

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

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