Best supplements for arthritis: Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation to reduce symptoms

In 2016, an industry-sponsored systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that 1,000 mg a day of curcumin reduced osteoarthritis pain and inflammation as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac and ibuprofen.

Another study suggests curcumin might help prevent bone breakdown in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Choose curcumin extract – whole turmeric is often contaminated with led, said the Arthritis Foundation.

The health site continued: “Take 500 mg capsules twice daily. 

“Curcumin makes up only a small percentage of turmeric and can be hard to absorb. 

“Be sure to check the standardized amount of curcumin when looking for a supplement, and choose brands that use phospholipids, antioxidants or nanoparticles for better absorption.”