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Spice Up Bad Knees

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Osteoarthritis is a disease of aging. It’s the most common degenerative joint disease resulting from the gradual loss of cartilage. 
And osteoarthritis is particularly debilitating in the knees.
 it’s painful. In fact, half of all the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug prescriptions are prescribed for people with osteoarthritis. 
Enter turmeric and one of its active compounds - curcuminoids. 
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Preliminary studies show that curcumin can be as effective as ibuprofen (Advil) for overall joint function. Curcuminoids  also improve quality of life and joint stiffness. 
Turmeric is generally considered safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin, in the amount that have been studied. 
Sample studies used as little as 180 mg per day or as high as 2 g per day of curcuminoids. A single teaspoon of turmeric powder can contain between 45 and 75 mg of curcuminoids. 
this means that even 10 teaspoons of turmeric powder taken daily would be on the lower end of the dosages used in the studies. 
Long term use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, increases the risk of several health problems including gastrointestinal bleeding, Kidney dysfunction, and possibly even cognitive impairment (brain function). 
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In fact, for kidney dysfunction, it’s estimated that 2.5 million people in the United States experience adverse a fax on their kidneys from the use of NSAIDs. And older adults are at higher risk. 
Turmeric has been used as a common food spice in India for 4000 years, in China for 1300 years, and east Africa for 1200 years.