I’m sure you’ve heard all the great benefits of turmeric recently and it’s popping up everywhere: in smoothie bars, candies, hot turmeric milk, etc.
However, did you know that at the right dose, turmeric is as effective (if not more) than some over the counter pain relievers?
There’s been some great research on the anti-inflammatory compound curcumin, which is a component of turmeric. So much so, it’s possible to ditch your bottles of Tylenol, Advil, and Naproxen and instead use this natural spice to diminish your pain.
In the Journal of Pain Research, Thorne Meriva 500 SF (curcumin supplement) was tested against pain killers such as Tylenol and Advil.
It was shown that Meriva is not only effective for chronic pain, but can also blast away acute pain such as headaches, dental, neck, shoulder, and low back pain.
Meriva was equally pain relieving as Tylenol at 1-2 hours post ingestion of the curcumin supplement.
And get this, if taken at 2g (Meriva) it worked better than Tylenol.
Not only that, but curcumin helps:
- Reduces inflammation (hence being as effective as NSAIDS like Advil)
- Inhibits & Desensitizes Pain stimuli (hence being more effective than Tylenol)
- Helps Increase Liver Function
- Stimulate Bile formation and Gallbladder emptying
- An Antioxidant
How Do I Take It
Based on the research, the best way to take Meriva in place of regular pain killers for acute pain is
4 capsules, 2 x/day
The pain relieving effects are usually felt within 2 hours.
Some people do take a lower dose of 3 capsules, 2 x/day and the average time pain relief begins is within 3 hours.
If you’d like to read more, you can read the study here: Journal of Pain Research
Guess what if you combine Curcumin + Acupuncture – the pain relieving combo from the heavens! lol We’ve seen great benefits of these two therapies together, which is why we have Thorne’s Mervia 500 SF available at The Village.
**We’re sharing this for informational purposes. Please discuss and review with your family doctor before beginning any new supplement regimen.