A few weeks ago, we talked about the benefits of magnesium for holistic pain relief. Last time we discussed the role Vitamin D plays in pain and pain relief. Today’s post is all about the benefits of turmeric for holistic pain relief.
If you’ve lived with chronic pain for long enough, you probably heard someone talking about turmeric. Getting advice (whether you asked for it or not) is a big part of living with chronic illness and pain. You might ignore the latest great idea, but don’t ignore turmeric. Because, hey, even doctors are talking about turmeric as a natural remedy for pain relief.
In fact, a physician writing for Time Magazine recently quoted a study conducted at the University of Arizona. The researchers investigated the way turmeric works with joint inflammation, and found that turmeric turns down inflammation by blocking production of the protein that turns on the gene that tells tiny blood vessels to grow.
My first experience with turmeric was when I started doing massage for athletes. Some of my clients told me about Tissue Rejuvenator, a product that contains turmeric and many other natural pain-relieving substances. I used this product for a few years, and still think it’s terrific! (And I receive absolutely no compensation from Hammer Nutrition to tell you this.)
Turmeric may be new to you, but it’s been used medicinally for over 4,000 years. Its active ingredient is called curcumin and is a relative of ginger (another great natural pain-reliever). You can buy turmeric in capsules, in tinctures (liquid) and also in its whole root form. You can take powdered turmeric and make a tea. I know some folks who grate fresh turmeric root into their cooking, and even add it to smoothies.
Be aware that more turmeric isn’t always a good thing in cooking. The flavor it imparts is quite earthy, and can overwhelm other elements in the dish. If you really want to ingest a large quantity, you may find it easier to do in a capsule form.
As with all supplements, please have a conversation with your health care professional before beginning a turmeric regimen. Turmeric has some capabilities, including blood thinning, that need to be assessed in light of your body and your life.
But if you’re looking for a well-researched natural supplement for pain relief, turmeric is a good place to start!
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