Turmeric has been revered for centuries by traditional healers for its powerful medicinal qualities. It’s turmeric. Turmeric is a wonderful herb with a warm, earthy, peppery flavour. You might know it as the bright yellow spice that adds flavour to curries, but many healers have used turmeric to help soothe joint inflammation for thousands of years. You’ve probably heard of COX-1 and COX-2. When these enzymes build up they cause inflammation and pain, especially in the joints. There is another more elusive enzyme called 5-LOX for short.
When 5 LOX runs wild, it can flood your body with inflammatory chemicals known as leukotrienes which cause painful inflammation. The active curcuminoids in curcumin have a double-action effect by inhibiting the activity of both the COX and 5-LOX enzymes reducing their production of inflammatory chemicals. Less inflammation means less pain. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, helping to neutralise the free radicals which roam around your body and contribute to inflammation and joint pain.