Curcumin Link as Possible Tendinitis Treatment

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Curcumin (found in a concentrated form as curcuminoids in Relevit – our all-natural anti-inflammatory formula) is one of the most amazing herbs in assisting the body in dealing with chronic pain and inflammation.  A recent study further validates this powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory all rolled into one.

An article published online on June 13, 2011 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals the discovery of researchers at The University of Nottingham and Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich of a benefit for curcumin, a compound derived from the spice turmeric, in the treatment of tendinitis. Tendinitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the tendons, which connect the muscles to the bones.  Tendinitis is particularly common in athletes, and has been linked with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and aging.

Mehdi Shakibaei of Ludwig-Maximilian-University’s Musculoskeletal Research Group and colleagues studied the effects of curcumin in cultures of human tendon cells.  Curcumin has been shown in other research to help reduce inflammation in addition to providing other beneficial effects.

The team found that curcumin inhibited inflammation and programmed cell death induced by interleukin-1 beta.  Interleukins a type of are cell-signaling protein molecule called cytokines that can activate inflammatory genes by triggering a switch known as nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-κB).  By preventing the activation of this switch, inflammation in the body’s tissues is reduced.  “These results demonstrate, for the first time, a potential role for curcumin in treating tendon inflammation through modulation of NF-kB signaling,” the authors announce.

“Our research is not suggesting that curry, turmeric or curcumin are cures for inflammatory conditions such as tendinitis and arthritis,” stated Dr Ali Mobasheri of Ludwig-Maximilian University who co-led the study. “However, we believe that it could offer scientists an important new lead in the treatment of these painful conditions through nutrition. Further research into curcumin, and chemically-modified versions of it, should be the subject of future investigations and complementary therapies aimed at reducing the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the only drugs currently available for the treatment of tendinitis and various forms of arthritis.”

Now that we know the science behind this natural herb, read what fellow Let’s Talk Health members say about their real world experience with our best-selling Curcumin-based formula – Relevit.

William from Nevada writes:

“I have been using Relevit for several years to relieve my back and general body pain. It works very well and I plan to continue to purchase it for this purpose.”

Peg from Illinios writes:

Relevit has made my arthritis in my fingers tolerable and even nonexistent at times. Actually I played golf 2x this past summer when I haven’t been able to grip a club for 28 years. Played well too, I might add.”

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