New research shows that Turmeric decrease inflammation in the joint, cartilage destruction and localized bone destruction

April 10, 2007

In this newly published study researchers at the Universtiy of Arizona in Tucson injected rats with a chemical that causes inflammation, arthritis, and joint destruction. They then gave Turmeric high in Curcumin via injection to the animals; the researchers state that the amount used would mirror the amount absorbed through oral supplementation from a typical but high-quality supplement. Turmeric high in Curcumin decreased cartilage destruction in the tibia (the large shin bone) by 66%. Turmeric also reduced bone destruction seen accompanying inflammatory arthritis, via decreasing destruction of the thigh bones mineral density by 57% compared to animals not treated with Turmeric. The researchers state that Turmeric "profounmdly inhibited joint inflammation and joint destruction in a dose dependent manner. The study is published in the November 2006 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.