How often do you experience stiffness or pain in your body? As we grow older, we may find our bodies becoming slower and duller. We may even experience sudden pain—most commonly in our knees, back and sometimes, muscles—as we go through our daily routines. Simple things like climbing a flight of stairs or getting up from the chair requires more effort than before. 

Some of us find ourselves relying on painkillers just to get through the day. However, a majority of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication comes with a string of unwanted side-effects like liver damage, stomach ulcers, kidney problems, depression and more.1 In the long run, your body could develop tolerance towards these OTC pain reliefs and you end up needing more pills. 

What is a safer option that can help relieve pain? You may find this surprising as the answer is in your kitchen, on your spice rack—turmeric. 

Know your spice - Turmeric

Taken from the root of the turmeric plant, turmeric contains many health benefits. It is commonly used in Indian cuisine and can also be found in Southeast Asian and Mexican food. Known as the golden spice, turmeric is earthy and peppery in taste. This unique flavour profile goes well with spices like cinnamon, black pepper and ginger. 

What are the benefits of curcumin?

Studies have shown that curcumin, the most active compound found in turmeric, have valuable health benefits. Curcumin can prevent chronic diseases and has positive effects against depression. 

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects

Inflammation is important for our bodies to fight harmful invaders and repair damage. However, acute and chronic inflammation results in irreversible damage like DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring. This severe inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and various degenerative conditions.2

With its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can help fight chronic inflammation, eventually preventing and may even treat these diseases. 

Curcumin is also effective against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals. Free radicals can cause serious damage to our cells and organs as well as increasing the risk of coronary diseases and cancer. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can block free radicals and stimulate your body’s antioxidant defenses.3

Fighting joint pain with turmeric

Arthritis is common in elderly people, however it can also appear in young adults. There are several types of arthritis and most of them involve inflammation in the joints. With its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can provide pain relief for those suffering from arthritis or are experiencing pain in their knees, back, or muscles.    

Studies have shown that curcumin, the bioactive compound in turmeric, is more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs and can help with arthritis.4 Unlike OTC medication, turmeric is nontoxic and does not have negative side effects, unless taken in unnecessarily large doses. 

By adding turmeric into your diet, you vastly enhance your health and improve your quality of life. 

Consuming turmeric for pain relief

So, how can you use turmeric to relieve pain? While highly beneficial for our bodies, curcumin is poorly absorbed into our bloodstream. 

We can boost the absorption of curcumin by pairing black pepper with turmeric. Piperine, a bioactive compound found in black pepper, makes it easier for curcumin to pass through the intestinal wall which leads to better curcumin absorption. 

Like turmeric, black pepper contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well. When combined with turmeric, both ingredients become an effective anti-inflammation combo that can help reduce discomfort and pain.5

For the adventurous cook, you can try adding turmeric and black pepper into your cooking. Both these ingredients add a huge kick of flavour and require careful pairing with compatible spices like ginger. You can use it to season your roasted vegetables or top it off on scrambled eggs for an easy dish. 

Or, you can drink NeeFlex for all the health benefits that turmeric has to offer for general well-being and pain relief. NeeFlex also contains ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, moringa, cat’s claw, vitamin C and zinc-enriched yeast that can help protect joints and rebuild cartilage. 

Start taking care of yourself and improve your quality of life by drinking NeeFlex.

Reference:

  1. https://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/6-surprising-sideeffects-of-over-the-counter-painkillers.aspx
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-inflammation
  3. https://ecomins.com.my/blog/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-turmeric-and-curcumin/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/turmeric-may-be-as-effective-as-ibuprofen-for-relieving-arthritic-knee-pain-emb-2pm
  5. https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/why-you-should-combine-turmeric-and-black-pepper/