Hi everybody! Today we will be discussing C in our arthritis toolkit, this is one of the big players on the list and I would recommend it to everyone however healthy you are.
As always comments at the bottom are welcome, if you want to add suggestions for other letters please do and I will at least try to include them in the relevant post.
C for Curcumin
Now this is an incredible tool, if I were to list all the benefits of this phytochemical then we probably wouldn’t get to the end of this A-Z.
In relation to arthritic joint pain I have found this far more effective than your average pain killer such as ibuprofen.
Curcumin can be found in Turmeric the root spice that is used in dishes such as curries, it is yellow in colour and be careful when handling as it is very easy to stain your fingers.
I try to use turmeric where I can when cooking or juicing, but I mainly get the benefits from the supplement I take.
What benefits I hear you say.
The benefits come from the fact that it is a very powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
In relation to arthritis, we have discussed before that the more things you can do to reduce chronic inflammation in the body the less pain you will be in.
As well as reducing inflammation, curcumin is an anti-oxidant which will help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals.
We have also talked about the fact that suffering with chronic pain can lead to depression.
Curcumin has also shown promise in treating depression, some studies have shown promise that it can be as effective as prescribed anti-depressants.
Evidence suggests it can boost serotonin and dopamine, these are neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for feelings of well-being.
There are some more benefits for things other than arthritis, if you want to read more about them and the supplement I use click here.
That is C done and what a big player it is in the list! Due to the fantastic effects on joints I highly recommend curcumin for my fellow arthritis sufferers.
I would also recommend it for everyone! Due to its multitude of health benefits I believe we would all gain something from taking them.
What do you think of this powerful tool? Comment below and I will be back with the next instalment of the A-Z arthritis toolkit.