Dr. Mosley says turmeric can ‘relieve’ pain – how to activate its ‘impressive’ properties
With ingredients and utensils gathered, Dr. Michael Mosley began this episode of his Just One Thing podcast by making a vegan curry. However, the “most important” ingredient was not the vegetables, but the golden spice, turmeric. According to the doctor, this seasoning can not only keep the brain in “better shape”, but also relieve pain. However, you need to consume it with the right foods to activate its “impressive” powers.
Whether you’ve fallen victim to the trendy turmeric lattes or have always used this powerful spice in your cooking, turmeric is nothing new.
Speaking on the podcast, Dr. Mosley said: “It has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to relieve liver and digestive problems.
“Over the past couple of decades or so, scientific research on turmeric, and in particular its active ingredient, curcumin, has exploded, and there have been many studies looking at the health effects of this golden spice.
“And some of the findings were impressive.”
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Known for its “anti-inflammatory” and “antioxidant” properties, golden spice can do more than just promote liver and stomach health. It can also “relieve” pain.
Curcumin, which is responsible for turmeric’s characteristic vibrant color, is the active ingredient believed to be behind the spice’s magic.
Dr. Mosley brought in Dr. Benny Anthony from the University of Tasmania in Australia to investigate the cause of turmeric’s effect on pain.
Dr. Anthony previously conducted a clinical study of 70 participants with joint pain and inflammation to explore this link.
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The invited expert said: “We randomized 35 people to the placebo group and 35 people to the active group who received turmeric extract.
“And then we followed these patients for 12 weeks and found that participants who took turmeric extracts experienced pain relief compared to the placebo group.
“Clearly, both the placebo and the treatment group reduced knee pain, but there was a further reduction in the treatment group compared to the placebo group.”
Dr. Mosley explained that you would need something “quite impressive” to outperform a placebo because its effects are usually “very powerful”.
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What’s more, when treated with turmeric, study participants also took fewer painkillers.
If you are struggling with pain other than knee pain, Dr. Anthony has some good news for you.
He said: “We have found that it is also effective for acute pain.
“This is not only for chronic diseases, but also for normal, healthy people.
“It can be used to reduce pain, although more research is still needed in this area.”
Before you start adding turmeric to all your meals and lattes, there are a few things you need to follow to activate it.
Dr. Mosley explained that the “big problem” with curcumin is that very little of it is absorbed. Luckily, this is where fat and pepper come into play.
Both peppers and fatty foods help increase the bioavailability of curcumin, helping you absorb more of the nutrients.
Dr. Mosley added: “So if you’re looking for an excuse to have that delicious hot drink or maybe the curry you crave, here it is – add some turmeric.
“It can improve your brain and keep you out of pain.”
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