Turmeric for Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects many seniors, both in Australia and worldwide.

Currently, there are close to a thousand scientific articles on turmeric and its analogues, which have been used successfully in the treatment of arthritis. For some, however, there is difficulty in the absorption of turmeric. Thankfully, there are methods to address this.

Golden Paste

Golden Paste (recipe found here) is the simplest method to aid in the absorption of turmeric in the treatment of your arthritis. This can be incorporated into your food and consumed at the rate of half to one teaspoon per serve.

Healthy Gut

For your body to effectively metabolise the turmeric, you will need a healthy adaptive gut biota, which is achieved by high-fibre natural vegetable intake, eliminating all added sugars and processed foods that have sugar additives. This includes biscuits, cakes, desserts, sauces, and snack foods.

Note, if consumption of turmeric causes diarrhoea, this is indicative of a poor microflora gut population. Diet change is needed to build a healthy adaptive population of microbes in the gastrointestinal system.


Studies have shown the curcumin could effectively alleviate gouty arthritis through inhibiting involved inflammatory mediators. This suggests it to be a promising active ingredient for the prevention and treatment of gouty arthritis.

Curcumin has been found to be a preventive measure to avoid/manage tooth root infection (periodontitis), as well as work as a natural immunosuppressant for rheumatoid arthritis.

Periodontitis is mainly caused by the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis forming biofilm and leading to tooth decay. This is a major public health issue and a risk factor for the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin appears to have efficient anti-bacterial activity against P. Gingivalis infection, and biofilm formation.


In addition to antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory action, curcumin exerts unique immunosuppressant properties.

Curcumin is a natural product for the management of both periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis-related autoreactivity.

When it comes to your health, it is always best to speak with your GP before making any diet or exercise changes. In your next appointment, make sure to enquire about turmeric and how it may help you live a happier and healthier life.

Courtesy of Dr Doug – www.turmericlife.com.au

The information and views contained in this article are those of the author and this publication has not sought to verify them. The contents of this article are not advice; they are general in nature and do not take into account your personal health or circumstances. You should seek professional healthcare advice before taking supplements, additives or anything that affects your health. Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide.

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