Turmeric has been all the rage recently and with good reasons. Many studies have confirmed the amazing healing properties of this one of a kind spice, which include protection against fatty liver disease, weight gain, and even cancer, among other things.
Turmeric is even gaining popularity among medical staff, according to a Health Services Research report, with more and more doctors and nurses showing interest in this alternative natural cure which has been proven to be more effective than common pharmaceuticals in fighting many diseases.
Even the Dr. Minerva Santos, the director of integrative medicine at New York’s Northern Westchester Hospital uses turmeric : “I use it a lot at my job. It is a truly incredible spice”
Why you shouldn’t use Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is said to be as poisonous to your heart as another anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical Vioxx, which was banned for being toxic, according to Lancet. The same was confirmed by Reuters, who said that “Long-term high use of painkillers like ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘as poisonous’ in terms of heart attack risk as the use of Vioxx, which was already banned due to its potential health hazards, researchers said.”
The Natural Alternative To Ibuprofen
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition which occurs as a result of body inflammations and as such it can be treated by using turmeric alone, or by combining it with other herbs. Turmeric was proven by many studies to be a better choice for relieving osteoarthritis pains than ibuprofen.
According to a study done by the The journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that involved 107 patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, the groups which were given 2g of curcumin (turmeric extract) a day had the same pain relief as those who were given 800mg of ibuprofen.
A similar study that involved a larger number of patients achieved the same result, and in both studies the people who were given turmeric never reported feeling bad or unsatisfied, unlike the people who were given ibuprofen.
Turmeric and Ibuprofen – the main difference
Almost every, if not all, chemically designed drugs have side-effects and ibuprofen is no exception. Ibuprofen is known to cause terrible side-effects that include constipation, diarrhea, eye problems, nausea, vomiting, bruises, nervous stomach, light-headedness, drowsiness, mood swings, and drug dependency, but it can also cause serious liver damage in the long run.
Turmeric, on the other hand, is pretty safe to use. The turmeric powder has a 2-4% concentration of curcumin to every gram and it can be used as either a spice or tea.
In order to achieve the best results, you should always use fresh turmeric. That’s why it’s always the smartest solution to grow it at home, since it is so easy to grow.