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Research proves turmeric can ease knee pain in arthritis. Here’s everything you need to know

Published on:17 September 2020, 18:27pm IST
Though our good old haldi is known for its antiseptic benefits, turns out it can also be beneficial for knee pain—even if you have arthritis!
Shreya Gupta
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Try haldi if you are suffering from knee pain. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Are you struggling with knee pain? What if we tell you that the cure lies in your kitchen rack? Yes! One of the most common spices found in your kitchen, turmeric aka haldi properties that can help ease joint pain, even if it’s a part and parcel of arthritis. 

Turmeric has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis. Featuring an active ingredient called curcumin, it has well-documented anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease swelling and prove beneficial in treating conditions that involve inflammation such as arthritis and osteoporosis. 

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Medical science backs this claim too!
Researchers from the University of Tasmania in Australia studied over 70 participants with arthritis for weeks to understand if turmeric can indeed help them manage their symptoms.

Half the participants were given turmeric capsules whereas the other half were given a placebo. The study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that participants who took turmeric experienced less knee pain. 

Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food shows that curcumin has promising effects in treating osteoarthritis. 

Also, read: 4 important things to keep in mind if someone in your family has arthritis

Here’s how you can incorporate turmeric into your diet

1. As a supplement
Curcumin supplements are widely available in the market and capsules can be the most efficient way to incorporate curcumin into your diet. However, consult your doctor before adding any supplements in your diet.

2. As a spice
Adding turmeric as a spice in your curries and vegetables may not be enough. So, along with turmeric add black pepper as well to boost the absorption of the curcumin component.

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Say yes to spices like turmeric to help cure inflammation woes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

3. With your milk
Haldi ka doodh has many healing benefits, and if you want to consume haldi for all its amazing benefits on a daily basis, nothing can be better than this.

4. As a tea
If you cannot withstand the taste of turmeric milk, then try turmeric tea. You can easily make this by adding a little bit of raw haldi in boiling water. You can also add spices like black pepper for extra flavour.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.