A new study conducted by researchers at the Milan-based pharmaceutical company Velleja Research has suggested that turmeric is more effective than popular painkillers at easing the agony of sports injuries. The findings were published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences journal.
The study found that after less than three weeks, taking a key component of the Indian staple spice, known as curcumin, eases injured rugby players` discomfort just as much paracetamol or ibuprofen, but without their side effects.
Say the researchers, The study suggests that naturally-derived, curcumin-based product could represent a promising safe, analgesic remedy in painful osteo-muscular conditions associated with intense, high impact, physical activities. We believe that curcumin may also benefit sufferers of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis patients, without causing the complications associated with many existing treatments.
The researchers analysed 50 rugby players from the Italian premier Piacenza club south of Milan who was suffering bone or muscle problems as a result of incidents, such as repeated tackling. Half of the study`s participants were given the one gram curcumin-extract tablet Algocur, which is known as Turmeric+ in the UK, twice a day for up to 10 days. The remainder took painkillers.
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