Does turmeric really work as an anti inflammatory?

Tumeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a cooking spice and for medicinal purposes. It is deemed very effective for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, however, it’s important to understand that the active compound in turmeric is actually curcumin.

Curcumin is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in turmeric, the spice. Turmeric itself is the root of a plant (Curcuma Longa) which is where curcumin likely gets its name. Numerous studies have shown turmeric (curcumin) to be effective for several diseases including inflammation.

How much turmeric should I take to reduce inflammation?

Scientific evidence supports the efficacy of turmeric extract (about 1000 mg/day of curcumin) in the treatment of arthritis, in particular, osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extract can reduce pain related to knee osterorthritis, however, it has also been found to work as well as ibuprofen.

Getting the full benefits of curcumin by consuming turmeric in foods would be difficult since the amount of naturally occurring curcumin in turmeric is only around 3 percent. For this reason, consuming tumeric extracts by way of quality supplements will likely yield better results, however, it is best to consult with a medical professional beforehand.