Here’s some exciting news for pain sufferers: new research shows that an herbal extract is more effective than acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nimesulide—a potent prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) at alleviating pain.
The study reported in the Journal of Pain Research found that curcumin, one of the active ingredients in the spice turmeric, has demonstrated potent pain-relieving effects, even greater than 1000 mg of acetaminophen or 100 mg of nimesulide. Additionally, curcumin’s analgesic effects lasted longer than the drugs. This new study shows that not only is curcumin an effective pain-relieving natural remedy, it also helps prevent and heal muscle injuries and inflammation.
Unlike nimesulide and acetaminophen, which have been linked to liver damage and even to deaths, curcumin has a strong safety record. The study used a curcumin product known as Meriva at a dose of 2 grams per day.
Additional research in the Journal of the International Society for Sports Medicine found that curcumin could significantly decrease muscle injury due to over-activity. Curcumin has also been found to significantly improve memory in just one hour after taking it. Check out my article “The Spice that Boosts Memory in Just One Hour” for more information.
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