For decades, scientists have suspected that the spice turmeric, and its primary bioactive component, curcumin, possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. However, the best evidence for this came just two years ago when researchers put the studies together and performed a ‘systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials’ (which is the goldest of gold standards!). In all, they considered dozens of studies that measured the effect of curcumin and turmeric on arthritis-related pain and stiffness. It was found that people taking curcumin had a very significant reduction in symptoms, and that curcumin up to 1000mg/day is beneficial in the treatment of arthritis .
These findings are supported by further studies performed which have found that after only 10 days of curcumin treatment, there was a major reduction in inflammatory blood markers (cytokines) as well as reducing the inflammatory activity of particular immune cells known as macrophages . This is particularly relevant for sufferers of RA, which has a profound inflammatory component.
Curcumin is 100% plant-based, being derived from the turmeric plant. Keep in mind that curcumin is the active component of turmeric (and turmeric is only 2% curcumin) - so just taking turmeric itself won’t work. It’s also important to use curcumin that has improved bioavailability, since curcumin, like turmeric, is poorly absorbed in its natural form. Truth Origins Liquid Curcumin have overcome this problem by making their product water-soluble.