The efficacy of curcumin for osteoarthritis patients was evaluated by giving 200 mg daily of curcumin to half of patients. After 3 months, those taking curcumin were able to walk with no pain for over four times as long as before taking curcumin. The patients in the control group saw much less improvement.
The purpose of a recent study was to determine the effect of glucosamine and chondroitin on the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. The results of this meta-analysis suggest that daily administration of glucosamine and chondroitin over two to three years may delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee.1
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis causes persistent pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of motion in the joints. Research has indicated JIA as an autoimmune disorder and that heredity and environment seem to play a role. Scientists suspect that it is a two-step process. First, something in a child’s genetic makeup gives him or her a tendency to develop JIA; then an environmental factor, such as a virus, triggers the development of the disease.