According to a number of experts the active compound of turmeric, curcumin, can be used as a tonic to reduce chronic inflammation.
The best way of applying turmeric is by heating it in milk or some milk alternative, coconut oil and some pepper. The piperine which is found in black pepper aids the absorption of nutrients. Enteric coated curcumin supplements with piperine can also improve absorption.
You can use turmeric in cooking, consume it as a tea or apply it topically for optimum benefits.
Turmeric reduces the Levels of some inflammation fueling enzymes
Turmeric relieves sciatica swelling and pain by reducing some inflammation fueling enzymes. The recommended dosage for adults is 300 mg of turmeric, three times a day for reducing inflammation and pain. However, if you take certain medication, you might need to adjust the dosage. Turmeric supplements can contain bromelain, which can boost the anti-inflammatory effects.
Turmeric has been used as part of Ayurvedic medicine for a long time as a treatment for arthritis since it effectively reduces inflammation, which can be the cause of sciatica or low back pain. Turmeric has been used as part of Asian traditional medicine as well. Malaysian scientists confirmed that the extract from turmeric can soothe nerve-related pain.
Turmeric is more effective than NSAIDs
Turmeric represents a selective COX-2 inhibitor. This inhibitor is responsible for intensifying inflammation. COX-1 is considered a good one since it maintains the stomach lining and reduces inflammation.
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) which include naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin are non-selective and they inhibit COX-1 as well as COX-2 enzymes and prevent inflammation. However, since these drugs distort COX-1 they can cause stomach problems with time. Turmeric is unique because it is selective and only hinders COX-2.
Drug companies have been trying to create a selective COX-2 inhibitor for many years. However, why use drugs, when a spice or food can have the same effects and without any side effects. Furthermore, turmeric is way cheaper than medications.