Is turmeric good for pain relief?

Sep 23 2020Yvonne

Is turmeric good for pain relief?

Turmeric is famous for its active ingredient, curcumin, which is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a popular remedy when it comes to reducing inflammation, which is why in recent years it has made a name for itself when it comes to muscle and joint pain. That’s why today I’m going to be delving a bit deeper into this particular action and what you can do to get the most out of turmeric.

Let's look at some of the evidence

Turmeric is everywhere at the moment, being hailed as a solution to inflammation, a way of brightening your skin and even a booster for your immune system. It’s rich in antioxidants, which can help to prevent free-radical damage and its ability to promote an anti-inflammatory response means that it can sometimes inhibit the COX-1 ‘pain’ enzyme.[1]

Does this really make turmeric capable of relieving muscle and joint pain though? Well, one piece of evidence that definitely stands in turmeric’s favour was revealed in a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine.

This study found that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, was as effective as Ibuprofen when it came to tackling the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.[2] An impressive result that seems to indicate that when it comes to muscle and joint pain, turmeric might be an effective option!

This idea seems to be furthered by research in the Journal of the International Society for Sports Medicine. This time it was DOMS and muscle pain that was in the spotlight and as part of the study, 20 active men were given either a placebo or 1 gram of curcumin, twice a day prior to a downhill running session. The conclusion was that fewer people in the curcumin group displayed any evidence of muscle injury and not as many markers of inflammation or muscle damage.[3]

Since turmeric is also antispasmodic, it’s also thought that it may help to reduce muscle spasms. This sometimes makes it popular with menstruating women looking to ease their period cramps[4]. During menstruation, prostaglandins can cause the uterus to contract, stimulating painful cramps. However, curcumin may help to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis, alleviating any potential pain.

Curcumin for DOMs and period pain? It certainly seems possible if these studies are anything to go by. Its natural anti-inflammatory qualities also lend themselves to easing any inflammation in the joints, a primary cause of joint pain and discomfort. But what’s the best way of getting more turmeric into your system?

What is the best form of turmeric?

Unfortunately, turmeric isn’t always well absorbed by your gut, which means that sometimes as little as 1% is absorbed through your digestive system. Not great, especially if you are trying to increase your intake by using a supplement. That’s why I’d recommend BetterYou’s Turmeric Spray.

This oral spray is absorbed through your cheek tissues, meaning it bypasses the digestive system completely. It was the winner off the ‘Best New Health and Nutrition Product’ in the 2017 Natural and Organic Awards and our customers can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s simple and convenient to take, with just 4 sprays delivering 1300mg of turmeric! Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing spray!