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Systematic Review of Clinical Trials Using Curcumin to Relieve Arthritis Pain

JMF CoverNew Rochelle, NY, November 30, 2016—A systematic review of the randomized, controlled clinical trials that have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the turmeric extract curcumin to lessen the joint pain caused by arthritis is published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Medicinal Food website.

In the article "Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials," coauthors James Daily, Daily Manufacturing, Inc., Rockwell, NC, and Mini Yang and Sunmin Park, Hoseo University, Asan, South Korea, present the results of their search of medical and scientific databases, which identified eight appropriate clinical studies. Each of the studies compared the use of turmeric/curcumin to placebo in patients with osteoarthritis. Treatment results were assessed using either a pain score or an osteoarthritis index described in the article.

"This report is an interesting exercise on evaluating the therapeutic potential of turmeric and curcumin. The results of the study suggest that daily intake of turmeric may have a benefit and may serve as an adjunct therapy for those suffering from arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease," says Journal of Medicinal Food Editor-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences and Interim Associate Dean, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida. "The authors definitely stress the need for additional studies involving a larger patient population."

About the Journal
Journal of Medicinal Food is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published monthly online with open access options and in print. Led by Editors-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences and Interim Associate Dean, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, and Yangha Kim, PhD, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea, the Journal publishes original scientific research on the bioactive substances of functional and medicinal foods, nutraceuticals, herbal substances, and other natural products. The Journal explores the chemistry and biochemistry of these substances, as well as the methods for their extraction and analysis, the use of biomarkers and other methods to assay their biological roles, and the development of bioactive substances for commercial use. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Medicinal Food website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.