Thank You Turmeric!

My arthritis pain has decreased by about 80% since I started taking turmeric capsules 3 times a day.

I am NOT being paid by anyone to say this!

I just feel so good that I want you to get the same relief.

I am riddled with arthritis. Genetic and normal wear and tear, arthritis has been eating into my joints and sending up flares with every step, every bend of the knees, and every jar I attempt to open. My activity has been rapidly decreasing over the last 5 years.

In 2014 I had both knees replaced. That’s a drastic means of getting rid of arthritis but other wear and tear necessitated the operations. It took almost a year to get 90% range of motion back, but it was worth it. No knee pain when I walk! 

But the feet and ankles seemed to hurt more than ever. A hip was starting to catch. And one wrist deteriorated to the point that I could not pick up a cup of coffee. As Bette Davis said,

 Old age ain’t no place for sissies.

I tried a dozen ointments. Some offered temporary relief of an hour or so. 

I tried acetaminophen and naproxen in ever increasing doses.

I tried ice and heat and infrared treatments.

Then my doctor actually prescribed turmeric capsules.

Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family. Native to southwest India, it’s used in curries and is a staple on many spice racks. I frequently used the powdered spice in cooking. Hearing that it could reduce inflammation, I was adding it to my tea without any noticeable relief.

However, I try to keep an open mind. A Google search of turmeric reassured me that this is a viable aid to arthritis relief. Off I went to my local health food store to read labels. Many labels. I settled on Wild Harvest. Non GMO organic turmeric rhizome. 

I am not advocating this brand over any others. My eyes grew tired of reading the tiny print on the labels, so I went with organic and non-gmo

I honestly began to feel a difference within a couple days! My ankle wasn’t as achey. Within a week, I noticed that I was picking up the coffee mug with my left hand. And one morning when I checked my fitness tracker, it showed that I had slept through the night. Pain in my foot usually woke me several times a night. No more.

Not 100% relief. Yesterday was cold and rainy and I was a bit achy, but I still walked a mile to and from a meeting. I slept like a log last night.

Fresh turmeric or powdered.

My own unscientific research reading tells me fresh turmeric every day will be as effective as capsules. My own experience tells me that I am most likely to have a bottle of capsules handy than fresh turmeric root (which isn’t always available in my local grocery store). If and when I can find organic non-gmo powdered turmeric, I will purchase it. For now I will use the capsules and continue to use turmeric in my cooking and tea.

Is turmeric a miracle spice?

For me it is. I walk up and down steps and most days ride my bike (on the trainer). No more ointments. No more high doses of naproxen. I still take a couple acetaminophen capsules when I go to bed. 

If you have arthritis pain, try turmeric. Limp to your nearest purveyor of natural food products. I hope you get relief that I did. Let me know!

5 thoughts on “Thank You Turmeric!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-327">

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly liked reading everything that is posted on your site.Keep the stories coming. I enjoyed it!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-314">

    Thank you! I had more to say, but deleted it, then thought at least say thanks. As a newbie blogger I am now finding myself over thinking, not thinking enough, worrying, pondering, when, really, I genuinely just want to comment, contribute to conversations-yeah, it gets ugly in my head-this gives me a framework.

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-105">

    Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammant. I take it regularly, not especially for arthritis but for its anti-inflammatory qualities generally. All diseases are associated with inflammation and so decreasing inflammation is a great positive for everyone. Licorice is another anti-inflammant you might try. Amazing isn’t it how something like turneric is not common knowledge, but drugs are! Keep kicking up your heels!

    li class="comment byuser comment-author-tameralg bypostauthor odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-96">

    I hope it works for you, too, Brenda!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-95">

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I will certainly give this a try and let you know if I benefit from using tumeric as well. I’m happy to hear that you found some relief!

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