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Curcumin relieves pain and inflammation for osteoarthritis patients
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is difficult to treat because of long-term side effects of standard non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin has both anti-inflammatory and bone-protective effects, and doctors wanted to see if it could reduce OA symptoms.

In this pilot study, 19 people with OA of the knee took 500 mg of a curcumin preparation three times per day while 21 similar people with knee OA took a placebo. After six weeks, those taking curcumin had much greater improvement in physical function and less pain, and reduced the need for Naproxen by 84 percent compared to 19 percent for placebo, without side effects.

Reference: Phytother Res. 2014 Nov; 28(11): 1625-31.
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