Turmeric is not only a spice used in cooking, but also a medicinal plant widely used in the treatment of inflammation, pain and poor digestion. It is curcumin, the yellow colouring of turmeric, which has this anti-inflammatory power of the plant. The substance acts by inhibiting the signal molecule essential to inflammatory processes. Curcumin also inhibits the cox-2 genes that counteract the formation of the inflammatory protein cox-2. There is great interest in the herbal medicinal properties and laboratory tests have also shown that the plant inhibits the growth of cancer cells and can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Click to learn more.
The Devil’s Clown
Devil’s clown is a plant native to South Africa, whose roots have long been used in phytotherapy for stomach ulcers and male pain. Several studies also confirm the good effect of the root on joint pain and osteoarthritis. It has been found that nearly 60% of users were able to discontinue treatment with anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs and a reduction in the doses taken in 30% of them. This plant acts in two ways. On the one hand by slowing the degradation of arachidonic acid into prostaglandins, which reduces both inflammation and pain in the joints. On the other hand by reducing the release of proinflammatory cytokines that have a strong degrading effect on joint cartilage.
The Green Lipped Mussel
Green Lipped Mussel Extract contains, in addition to Omega-3 rock fatty acids, EPA and DHA fatty acids, also known as furan fatty acids, which have a neutralizing effect on free radicals and an anti-inflammatory effect. The mussel also contains natural glucosamine and chondroitin in the form of glucosaminoglycans (GAG), two components of joint cartilage. The Green Lipped Mussel has shown very positive results in relieving symptoms and improving functional capacity in osteoarthritis. After six months of ingestion, an improvement of 70% could be observed. Mussel extract has also shown very positive effects on other inflammatory diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosehip fruit extract
It has become very popular for treating painful and stiff joints. It is mainly the galactolipid content of rose hip that gives it its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. Rosehips used for joint pain are of the Rosa Canina type, also called beach nip, because they have a naturally high content of galactolipids. The interest in rosehip products has contributed to the publication of most of the well-done studies that have shown very good results. More recently, a study of knee arthritis patients at the Parker Institute in Copenhagen showed a very good effect when treated with rose hip extract.
Chondroitin is a substance that is part of the building blocks of joint cartilage. Thus, chondroitin is very important for joint health. It not only promotes healthy joints, but also by inhibiting an enzyme that has a degrading effect on the joint cartilage. Because cartilage tissue does not have its own blood supply, the cartilage is supplied with nutrients by joint fluid and chondroitin acts as a magnet that attracts joint fluid to the cartilage. This helps to increase the continuous supply of new, nutritious joint fluid. As a result, people with joint wear and osteoarthritis should always be advised by their treating physician.