Turmeric and Rheumatoid Arthritis

One of turmeric’s most notable benefits is its effectiveness in the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis is a painful and potentially disfiguring condition which can strike anyone, usually over the age of 30. If you want to be proactive in avoiding this debilitating condition that causes loss of mobility and chronic pain, continue reading for more information on how turmeric can alleviate the pain and on how to properly incorporate the spice into your diet and supplementation routine.

What is Arthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis which one can research here. Anyone suffering from this painful disease may experience a wide range of issues depending on their type of arthritic condition. Generally speaking, however, it’s a disorder that can affect any joint in the body, causing anything from swelling and redness to outright disfigurement, and it is almost always accompanied by chronic and excruciating pain.

Physicians often prescribe pharmaceuticals such as Cox-2 inhibitors or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, and sometimes go so far as to suggest chemotherapy. Such protocols only address symptoms and obviously have wide-ranging and serious side effects that are beyond the scope of this article.  Suffice it to say that incorporating a natural plant remedy that is known to be effective into one’s diet is a preferable alternative.

How Turmeric Alleviates Arthritis

Here are some of the benefits turmeric can bring to sufferers of arthritic conditions.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties. Active compounds in turmeric are known to be effective in reducing systemic bodily inflammation. Through the reduction of inflammation, turmeric can reduce swelling and alleviate associated pain. This will help you stay active and mobile, which are critical in maintaining overall health.
  • Promotes bone strength. Turmeric contains minerals and enzymes that are beneficial in the promotion of healthy bone, cartilage synovial fluid. It is effective in keeping bone and joint cells from breaking down and becoming brittle. Since osteoporosis is a risk factor associated with arthritis it is especially important to take precautionary measures to ensure healthy bone and associated tissue growth.
  • Keeps infections at bay. Another major curative property of turmeric is power in boosting one’s natural immune system. A strong immune system is the body’s primary way of fending off infections and unwanted disruptive proteins that can cause or contribute to various forms of arthritis.
  • Protects cells. Besides just taking care of bone cells, turmeric protects other cells in your body too by actually extending natural cell lifespans. This includes skin cells problems resulting from psoriasis, a condition that is closely associated with certain forms of arthritis.
  • Acts as a pain reliever. It’s able to alleviate pain in some cases, mostly because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you aren’t swollen, you may not be in as much pain, which means you’ll be able to enjoy your life.
  • May work better than other treatments. One of the most important things about turmeric is that it may work better than some of the most common prescriptions used to treat arthritis. There have been multiple studies done to see how turmeric works versus how a specific drug works when it comes to managing different symptoms and side effects. In some cases, the turmeric works a lot better than a pill and comes with no scary side effects. In other cases, turmeric was used in conjunction with a drug, had even more efficiency, and helped with any side effects commonly associated with the drug that was being tested.

How to Add to Diet

If you suffer from arthritis and any of these features sound good to you, here’s how to add it into your diet fairly easily.

As a Medicine

Although you can take turmeric capsules or supplements, it is more effective if you make up a paste to use in your home. Here’s what you will need: half a cup of turmeric powder, 1 cup of water, a quarter teaspoon of ground black pepper, and a quarter cup of coconut oil.

You simply heat these ingredients together and then put them in a container to place in your refrigerator. Then remove a teaspoon a couple of times a day and take it like you would a medicine by simply ingesting it.

As a Food

If you want to add it to your food, you can, of course, add ground turmeric powder to most savory dishes without being able to notice very much. On the other hand, you can use your turmeric paste for your food.

For example, when you are making soups or curries, you can put a few tablespoons of the mixture into the sauce, making everything healthier. Even a little bit of the mixture can provide benefits for your health, so it doesn’t really matter how much you’re eating at a time.

As a Drink

This is another way that the paste comes in handy. You can add the paste to water to make a turmeric tea or milk to make turmeric milk, both of which are quite popular and are an easy way to work this spice into your regular routine. Sometimes it’s also added to smoothies.

Other Tips

When you’re incorporating turmeric into your diet, it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, even kids. It can be sweetened up a little bit for your tastes too. Some people like to add things like honey, cinnamon, or cardamom to their mixtures, for a little extra kick.

You should check with your doctor if you want to start using turmeric, to ensure that it won’t interfere with anything you are already taking. They may also be able to tell you how much you should ingest each day, and what else can help you.


Turmeric is a great treatment for arthritis because of all the ways it can help alleviate the pain and other problem symptoms. It can stop swelling, keep cells from dying off, and even protect you from getting secondary infections.

In some cases, it may be more effective than tradition treatments, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you are in pain from this disorder or are at risk for getting it.

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