Joint pains seem like a trivial issue. Uncomfortable and inconvenient at its mildest, joint pains can become debilitating due to multiple issues ranging from injury or autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammatory joint pains like the ones from osteoarthritis can start a domino effect of deteriorating health. Common treatment that is prescribed for joint pains comes with its own set of side effects, which can add to the said domino effect of ill health.
Are there alternative methods to combat joint pain?
Natural alternatives are key to reducing pain, inflammation and support improved mobility, which can help promote an upward, healthy trajectory once again. Backed by scientific research, Curcumin and Boswellia, both have a long history of being used in Ayurvedic practices to combat joint pain and balance inflammation. Let’s take a look at how these two natural ingredients work to provide healthy joints.
Boswellia gum resin derived from the Boswellia serrata tree, is an age-old Ayurvedic remedy for a wide range of chronic inflammatory health problems. The high concentration of boswellic acids, (including the most active acetyl-11-keto-b-boswellic acid (AKBA)), have been scientifically shown to possess anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antioxidant and anti-arthritic activity.
Leukotrienes are molecules in our body that have been identified to cause inflammation and trigger asthma symptoms. We have scientific evidence which shows that boswellic acid can prevent the formation of leukotrienes in the body.
Moreover, boswellia extracts have been found to be safe and well tolerated as it is an effective painkiller minus cartilage degeneration, as observed in more conventional anti inflammatory treatments.
Curcumin is the main active component of turmeric powder, extracted from the rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant and is known to deliver many health benefits. With its powerful and widespread anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, research has shown that curcumin has the ability to modulate many inflammatory pathways in the body, making it a potentially useful therapeutic for a wide range of health problems including arthritis.Curcumin has been shown to be safe and effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. Latest studies show that curcumin is significantly more effective than placebo in managing symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and does not have any significant side effects.
Boswellia and Curcumin: A match made in heaven to fight joint pain?
Recent scientific studies prove that usage of curcumin in combination with boswellic acid significantly reduced pain related symptoms in patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Both these natural extracts work synergistically to increase the efficacy of the treatment. All of this, minus the risk of debilitating side effects.