Natural Extract May Reduce Reliance On Painkillers For Osteoarthritis Patients

Although individuals with mental disorders are at a higher risk of developing addiction to prescription medications, this type of substance abuse can also affect patients who suffer from chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis.

That is why a new Italian study may be welcome news to those who seek to alleviate their joint pain without resorting to drugs. The researchers found that turmeric extract – which contains compounds called curcuminoids that give it its yellow color – may have an analgesic effect and contribute to muscle flexibility.

They tested Meriva, a formula that is designed to be easy to absorb from the gastrointestinal tract, on 50 individuals with osteoarthritis, and found that they experienced 58 percent less pain and stiffness after 90 days.

Moreover, blood tests suggested that they had lower levels of inflammatory proteins, and more than 60 percent of the participants were able to stop using painkillers.

Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council hailed the discovery as great news for both patients and doctors.

“When one considers the overall safety of turmeric extract and curcumin, especially compared to some of the pharmaceutical drugs which have had to be removed from the market due to serious safety concerns, the growing clinical evidence for the use of turmeric extract is compelling,” he added.