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Curcumin and boswellic acid may ease pain in osteoarthritis

Sometimes, combining two nutrients together can have a greater effect than a single nutrient alone.

Here, doctors combined a curcuminoid complex from turmeric with a boswellic acid extract from Indian frankincense. In this study, men and women with osteoarthritis, aged 40 to 70, took a placebo, a curcuminoid complex alone, or a combination of 350 mg of curcuminoids plus 150 mg of boswellic acid three times per day. After 12 weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, those taking curcumin alone or the curcumin-boswellic acid combination (Curamin®) scored better on physical function performance tests including morning stiffness, and limits to physical function. Only the curcumin-boswellic acid group reported improvement in joint pain.

 

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