Millions of Americans are suffering from sciatica. That is that painful feeling in the lower back that runs down your buttocks and along the large sciatic nerve in your legs.
People who suffer from sciatica turn to chiropractors and do yoga exercises in order to relieve the pain but rarely anyone is aware that you can achieve the same, if not even better, results by including various herbs in your diet.
One of those miraculous herbs is turmeric. It has a bioactive ingredient known as curcumin, which can vastly reduce chronic inflammation. The good thing about turmeric is that it can be consumed via food, added to your drinks or even directly applied in the form of a paste.
Numerous experts suggest that the best way to consume turmeric is to add a bit of black pepper and mix with heated milk and coconut oil. Pepper contains piperine, which is an effective ingredient that boosts the curcumin bioavailability and supports the absorption of nutrients.
Another successful method is to take curcumin enteric capsules with piperine.
So, if you are experiencing sciatica pain, you can safely turn to turmeric for help. The recommended dosage is 300mg, taken in three doses throughout the day. Turmeric will reduce the levels of inflammation-causing enzymes and you will feel better after a couple of days. However, if you are already taking any medications, the daily dose of turmeric might need some adjustments.
Since sciatica is initially caused by inflammation, it is logical to use turmeric because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you are having trouble adding turmeric to your diet, you can turn to turmeric supplements that contain bromelain, which is a powerful agent and enhances the anti-inflammatory effect. Turmeric has been long used in traditional Chinese and Malaysian medicine for alleviating nerve-related pain.
It is also worth mentioning that turmeric is a selective COX-2 inhibitor. COX-1 and COX-2 are enzymes that start the inflammatory process. COX-1 is considered to be good because it maintains the stomach lining and does a ‘housekeeping’ role while COX-2 enhances the inflammation.
Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2. Because they disrupt COX-1, they can lead to some stomach issues. This is why turmeric is better, since it only inhibits COX-2, the bad enzyme.
Numerous pharmaceutical companies have tried and created selective COX-2 inhibitors but wouldn’t it be absurd to seek for artificial remedies when you can obtain the same results naturally and cheap? Plus, turmeric produces no (known) side effects.
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