Knee arthritis can be treated just as well with curcumin as with ibuprofen, according to a multicenter, randomized trial that involved nearly 200 patients in each group.
The resulting study reconfirmed our use of high bioavailability curcumin as a supplement in and of itself or as an ingredient for the Regenexx Advanced Stem Cell Support Formula.
There are a few differences between NSAIDs and the supplement curcumin. While both can reduce arthritis-related pain, NSAIDs lose on all other counts listed.
For example, NSAIDs inhibit the body’s own ability to repair and build muscle as concluded by this study.
In contrast, in lab experiments, curcumin helped stem cells create cartilage and manage inflammation that can convert the cells into scar-tissue producers instead of repair-tissue producers.
Additionally, NSAIDs tend to increase system inflammation markers while curcumin shows a tendency to reduce these same markers.
Lastly, fatal heart attacks and heart failure are more likely suffered by patients who regularly take NSAIDs, at a rate of 200 to 300%. In reaction to these alarming statistics, the American Heart Association has taken a strong stance against the use of NSAIDs.
Furthermore, a study that compared the efficacy of diclofenac and curcumin concluded that curcumin was just as effective at relieving knee arthritis-related pain as diclofenac, but without the unwanted side effects typically associated with NSAIDs.
Curcumin has been shown to reduce c-reactive protein, which is a marker that’s associated with elevated heart attack risk. These benefits of curcumin are why it was selected as a primary ingredient of our Regenexx Supplement. It has the anti-inflammatory assets of NSAIDs without the many detrimental side effects that NSAIDs can impose.