I Use It to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis, and It Works For Me

What Have You Got To Lose, But Feeling Good

Native turmeric plant. Photo by John Hill (his own work)

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellness for our seniors and boomers, I would like to introduce you to turmeric.  I have been on this nutritional supplement for over three years now and, for me, it has worked wonders.  I am very committed to its daily use knowing from experience it has benefited me greatly.  Please read and follow along.  

Turmeric has been used in Asia for centuries and is a major part of traditional Indian and Chinese medicine.  And finally, it has arrived on our shores as turmeric curcumin, its primary active ingredient.  “It has many scientifically proven health benefits such as the potential to improve heart health and prevent against Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.  It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Further, the antioxidant curcumin helps in lowering blood pressure by regulating vascular dysfunction in the body.”  YEAH!!! TO ALL THOSE WONDERFUL BENEFITS.

My hands, knuckles and fingers are most susceptible to RA. Turmeric has been my wonder drug. Photo by ante Lusina (Pexels)

Now for the good part.  Those claims got my attention several years ago when I was struggling with my rheumatoid arthritis (“RA”) and its debilitating effects on my hands and ankles, those areas of the body with multiple joints and high susceptibility to arthritis and pain.  Due to swelling and lack of mobility, it was exceedingly difficult for me to pick up virtually anything, let alone something simple like putting in my contact lenses. 

I consulted with my primary care physician, and we decided to embark on a daily ritual where I would take two capsules of turmeric, for a total dosage of 1000 mg, first thing in the morning.  Almost immediately I began to notice a gentle easing in the stiffness of my hands and ankles.  I was able to walk more gingerly, but most important, I gained a tremendous amount of flexibility in my hands and fingers.  Believe this!!!  I was able to and am still able to grip tightly almost anything, like opening a jar of pickles.  Never before was I able to do that, not even close.  That was over three years ago and I’m still going and growing strong.  

I simply add the powdered turmeric to my favorite juice. Photo by Ksenia Chernaya (Pexels)

And recently, I was advised by my nutritionist that I might want to increase my daily consumption, so with that I augment the capsule in the morning and now take one teaspoon of the powder mixed with water, juice or a smoothie in the afternoon.  Here’s what I’ve observed, even more flexibility and strength in my hands and fingers, less inflammation in my ankles which translates into LESS PAIN, and a major by-product is the consistent lowering of my blood pressure, enabling me to get off my blood pressure medication.  How about that gang.  

The other great thing about turmeric is that there are virtually no side effects, at least in my case, at my lower doses.  Compared with those nasty anti-inflammatories prescribed by rheumatologists along with my blood pressure medication, turmeric wins hands down.  No contest!!!

Turmeric is available at most health food stores, Costco (www.costco.com), and our favorite Amazon (www.amazon.com) because we can order it and have it delivered right to our doorstep within two days.  

Once again, my “go to” therapy:  one 1000 mg turmeric capsule in the morning followed by one teaspoon of Feel Good Turmeric Powder in the afternoon.  Be careful when spooning out the powder, it will stain.

To all my senior and boomer friends who follow us, be sure to stay healthy and remain RELEVANT to those who love you and those who you choose to share your life with.  

We are taking a several week trip to the Midwest to visit my BoomerGuy’s family and friends.  A quick post, more on health and wellness, will be added while we are away.  

Editorial Contribution:  Wikipedia

DISCLAIMER:  The authors at BoomerGal are not medical professionals nor registered nutrition/dietary experts.  We base our findings and recommendations on sound supportable research and testimonial evidence from people who have experienced their claims made, in addition to my own real-life experiences which I share openly to hopefully benefit my readers.  

FDA DISCLAIMER:  The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration.  The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by the FDA-approved research.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners.  Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complication before using any product.  The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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