Curcumin fights temporary pain in athletes

Rugby is an intense, high-impact physical sport. In this pilot study, 50 male rugby players complaining of muscle and joint pain from injury and exertion overload took a standard analgesic anti-inflammatory or 1,000 mg of curcumin every 12 hours for up to 10 days.

Doctors measured pain and physical function before, during, and 10 days after the end of the supplement period. Both groups improved in pain and physical function compared to the start of the study, but 16 percent of those taking the standard analgesic complained of gastrointestinal side effects compared to 4 percent for curcumin. 

Discussing the findings, doctors said even though the study sample size was small, curcumin appears to be a safe and effective for relieving muscle and joint pain from intense, high-impact physical activity.

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