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KU research shows turmeric spice helps prevent arthritis

October 30, 2006

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Research led by Kansas University distinguished professor Barbara Timmermann shows that a version of turmeric extract is effective in preventing rheumatoid arthritis in animals.

Research led by Kansas University distinguished professor Barbara Timmermann shows that a version of turmeric extract is effective in preventing rheumatoid arthritis in animals.

For centuries, people have believed that turmeric, an Asian cooking spice, could fight inflammation. Scientists now are confirming it.

"People have used this product for years and years," Kansas University researcher Barbara Timmermann said. "Now we are demonstrating with research that there is some truth to it."

New findings, published in the November issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism magazine, report that a version of turmeric extract is effective in preventing rheumatoid arthritis in animals. The version of the extract also was most closely matched to the kind found in commercial supplements.

The research was led by Timmermann, a distinguished professor and chairwoman of medicinal chemistry at KU, and Janet Funk of the University of Arizona.

Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat inflammation, particularly by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India.

Subsequent research has explored the spice, which typically is used in curries and other dishes. But Timmermann said much of the previous research had not been done in a scientific manner.

"What we are doing is showing the safety and effectiveness of this botanical, using modern techniques of research," she said.

The research also reveals how the spice works: It inhibits the proteins that turn on the production of genes responsible for inflammation.

The researchers say further study is needed.

"People who are herbalists would look at our work and say, 'I knew this,'" Funk said. "But in fact they just believed it. There was no proof. This is really the first proof that this is really efficacious in preventing arthritis."

But, Funk noted, clinical trials need to be conducted.

Comments

superduper 8 years, 6 months ago

I bet the big pharma companies/government/fda will debunk the theory/tests before it even goes to trial. This has been happening for years. Why do you think the whole supplement/herb market is so screwed up. As the FDA has told us, only meds can treat, cure, or prevent a disease. No food, herb, or supplement can do this. Someone will try and patent freaking turmeric :)

I hope this research can provide some relief for those out there ailing from arthritis.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

I've been using curcumin for my abused old knees for a couple of years. It's admittedly only anecdotal evidence, but it does seem to relieve inflammation as well as ibuprofin or other liver-killing OTC drugs, with no noticeable side effects.

Can I say that it's available at the Merc?

compmd 8 years, 6 months ago

"As the FDA has told us, only meds can treat, cure, or prevent a disease. No food, herb, or supplement can do this. "

So where do you think aspirin and hydrocodone come from?

I've been fighting a [mostly winning] battle against arthritis since my teenage years. Reading this article today sure made me feel good.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

I don't take it on a daily basis-- maybe I should.

I usually take it before I'm going to engage in an activity that will stress my knees-- whether that's a sport or work. That's usually all I need.

Occasionally, if I've particularly aggravated them (not much cartilege left in there,) I'll take it till pain/inflammation goes away.

feeble 8 years, 6 months ago

Actually, the government of India is has been, and continues to try, to secure patents for medicines derived from Ayurvedic medicine. Their claim uses history and culture to establish prior art.

Bone777 8 years, 6 months ago

Swwweeeeet!!!! I know what I am handing out to trick-or-treaters......

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