Arthritis symptoms: 85p spice relieves joint pain and inflammation

Turmeric contains the anti-inflammatory ingredient curcumin, which could help to relieve joint pain.

The bright yellow spice is traditionally used as a curry spice, but research claims it could be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Curcumin blocks certain enzymes that cause inflammation, it’s been claimed.

It could also be used to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, a study has revealed.

GP and nutritional therapist Dr Sarah Brewer said: “There is a surprisingly long list of natural substances that can help knee pain, from those that provide structural building blocks to those that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions.

“The ones I have found most beneficial in clinical and nutritional medicine practice are krill oil,turmeric, rose hip extracts, devil’s claw, cherry extracts and ginger root extract.”

Several studies have shown turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects.

A 2010 study revealed the supplement Meriva provided long-term improvement in 100 knee osteoarthritis patients, according to Arthritis Foundation.

The charity recommended taking between 400mg and 600mg of turmeric three times a day for osteoarthritis patients.

Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers should take 500mg twice, daily.

But, large amounts of turmeric can act as a blood thinner, and can lead to an upset stomach, Arthritis Foundation warned.

Avoid the spice if you’re already taking blood thinners, if you’re pregnant, have gallbladder disease, or about to have surgery.

Meanwhile, a study earlier this year claimed that as far as current evidence stands, turmeric doesn’t live up the hype, and has few - if any - medical benefits.

Arthritis symptoms include joint inflammation, restricted movement of joints, and muscle weakness.

There is no current cure for arthritis, but painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids could all help slow down the condition.