Natural Alternative To Ibuprofen
In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain in the knee (3).
The study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, examined one-hundred and seven (107) patients with primary knee osteoarthritis (4). Half were given 2g of curcumin extracts per day for 6 weeks while the other half received 800 mg of ibuprofen per day.
By the end of the study, the curcumin group had experience pain relief equal to that of the ibuprofen group.
Another study with a higher number of participants (367) showed similar results (5). In addition, researchers found that not a single patient in the turmeric group reported being unsatisfied unlike those in the ibuprofen group.
Ibuprofen Vs. Turmeric
Ibuprofen can have devastating effects on the liver as well as cause side effects including upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, or drowsiness (6). It can also lead to impaired vision, mood changes, easy bruising or bleeding and drug dependence.
In comparison, turmeric is generally safe to consume. Turmeric powder contains approximately 2-4% curcumin by weight. To enjoy its benefits, add turmeric to your meals or drink it as a tea. You can also choose to consume turmeric supplements.
Turmeric root is also easy to grow and should be consumed fresh for best results.