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Try Turmeric, Ginger and Black Pepper for Osteoarthritis

Turmeric Ginger Black Pepper Osteoarthritis


For people suffering from the crippling pain and disability of osteoarthritis, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug naproxen, marketed as Aleve and other products, is a common prescription or over-the-counter medication, but it comes with side effects that can include gastrointestinal distress and higher blood pressure. In a study of 60 patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis, researchers at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences compared naproxen in a double-blind trial with a turmeric extract, ginger and black pepper combination. After two doses a day of each for four weeks, the levels of prostaglandin in patients taking the herbs matched the improvements in those patients taking naproxen. Prostaglandin levels gauge joint inflammation in osteoarthritis.