Reversing Sciatica Pain
One of the best ways to take turmeric is by heating it in a milk (or some milk alternative) and coconut oil with a little pepper. The interesting thing about piperine, which is found in pepper is that it helps absorbing nutrients more effectively. Another suggestion for optimal absorption and rapid relief is curcumin enteric-coated capsules.
You can consume turmeric as a tea, in cooking, or you can apply it in a paste to receive the health benefits.
Turmeric lowers levels of certain inflammation-fueling enzymes
Turmeric helps in relieving sciatica pain and swelling since it lowers levels of some inflammation-fueling enzymes. The suggested dose for healthy adults is 300 mg of turmeric, that should be taken 3 times per day in order to help ease pain and inflammation. If you already take some medications the dosage needs to be adjusted. Turmeric can also contain bromelain, which can sometimes increase anti-inflammatory effects.
Its effectiveness in reducing inflammation has been often the root cause of low back pain or sciatica. Malaysian scientists have confirmed that turmeric extract can help ease nerve pains as well.
Turmeric better than NSAIDs
Turmeric is a selective COX-2 inhibitor. In addition, COX-1 and COX-2 are the enzymes that actually start the inflammatory process. In fact, COX-1 is the “good” one since it performs a “house keeping role” and maintains your stomach lining. And COX-2 is increasing inflammation.
NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen and these are not selective and both inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes in order to stop inflammation. Because they disrupt COX-1 they can lead to stomach problems over time. Turmeric is unique as it acts as “select” and only inhibits COX-2.
Drug companies have been trying to create a selective COX-2 inhibitor for 10 years, but why taking a drug when this food or spice can do exactly the same thing, but without the side effects?! Also, what makes turmeric unique is the cost compared to drugs. That’s why your health and your wallet will be thankful!