Antioxidants In Turmeric May Benefit Joint Health
September 29, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
With the many tasty temptations in today's society, choosing foods can be a difficult task. Many of the foods that are favorites among consumers also happen to be the least healthy.
However, choosing healthful foods doesn't have to mean sacrificing flavor. A new study from European researchers found that turmeric, a spice commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, may provide significant support for joint health.
Researchers said that the spice has been shown to possess antioxidants that may be able to reduce inflammation. The nutrients may have the greatest effect on individuals who are struggling to control the symptoms of specific joint conditions.
Officials from the American Botanical Council, who sponsored the investigation, said that the findings add to a long tradition of using turmeric in folk medicine.
"Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement," said Mark Blumenthal, the founder and executive director of the group.