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Turmeric trials for osteoarthritis

The 107 participants with primary osteoarthritis of the knee were randomised to receive either 2 g turmeric or 800 mg ibuprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) per day for six weeks.

  • Both groups’ pain levels when walking and when climbing stairs improved, as did their knee function.
  • Those who took turmeric found that their pain when climbing stairs improved more than those who received ibuprofen.
  • There was no difference in reported side-effects between the groups, and the most commonly reported were heartburn and dizziness.
  • Those who received ibuprofen were better at taking their treatment than those who received turmeric.

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