Curcumin For Joint Pain & Stiffness

Blog Entry #98

By Admin –

Joint pain is pretty common amongst athletes, bodybuilders, strongmen, endurance athletes or anyone in contact sports. After all, the joints are issued every day in various ways, but once you injure a joint you seem to understand how you take free and painless joint movement for granted.

With a wide variety of specialist joint supplements on the market such as, glucosamine, chondroitin, cissus quadrangularis, as well as pain relievers like, ibuprofen, making sense of it all can be problematic. However, they are a number of dietary changes you can make to vastly help alleviate joint pain, although often lifting weights with the correct range of motion and form should prevent injuries.

Lets assume you’re suffering from join pain, or have a niggling joint related injury around the elbow or knees, and want to know what nutritional changes will help treat these conditions. As with almost all side effects from exercise or steroid use, the answer isn’t always to swallow some drugs the doctor prescribed you.

We’ve written about how whey or milk protein might be responsible for your acne, how omega-3 can treat acne, support supplements and foods vital when taking anabolic steroids or wanting to stay healthy, the importance of B vitamins and energy as well, but today we’re going to explain how circumin can help aid joint pain and stiffness.

Circumin is an extract of turmeric root responsible for a long list of health benefits. It can help cholesterol levels, heart health, improve liver and kidney function, but most importantly – is a potent anti-inflammatory.

Circumin inhibits inflammatory processes in the body such as, cyclooxygenase (COX-2), lipoxygenase (LOX) and inducible nitric oxide (iNOS). Curcumin also inhibits the production of the inflammatory cytokines tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a), interleukin (IL) -1, -2, -6, -8, and -12, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP), and migration inhibitory protein and down-regulates mitogen-activated and Janus kinases. Inhibiting these inflammatory mediators will reduce inflammation throughout the body; this is also similar to how omega-3 reduces inflammation.

In fact, cirumin is so powerful at reducing inflammation; it’s used to treat various forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ulcerative colitis, forms of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases [1, 2].

However, direct studies haven’t been done on athletes experiencing joint pain or stiffness from exercising, but the same inflammatory processes are used which cirumin will inhibit after use.

Circumin is generally absorbed poorly into the bloodstream after ingestion, so we’d suggest combining it with Meriva, consume the cirumin with egg yolks, or put 2 tablespoons of powder into boiling water to create a solution, leave for ten minutes and wait until its cooled to drink. Or finally, using Theracumin as recent data suggests its more bioavailable [3].


[1]. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):141-53.

[2]. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:105-25.

[3]. Biol Pharm Bull. 2011;34(5):660-5.