A few weeks back, I told you about a spice used in cooking that might help prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease. It seems to work by fighting off inflammation throughout the body. Plus, now a new study testing turmeric for inflammation shows this spice may even target inflammation in your joints.
Curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that gives the spice its bright yellow color. Researchers applied the extract to human tendon cells taken from patients with tendonitis. Tendonitis is a form of inflammation that commonly strikes tendons in your wrist, hands, shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips.
But when researchers applied the curcumin extract to tendon cells, inflammation decreased showing that turmeric for inflammation may be effective. According to the published report, "These results demonstrate, for the first time, a potential role for curcumin in treating tendon inflammation."
Of course, more studies are needed. But in the meantime, if you've got tendonitis, add curry and turmeric to your cooking.