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Sore joints? Try curcumin
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Sore joints? Try curcumin

Before you get in the habit of popping Advil after long runs or lifting, click here to give curcumin a go. It’s the active ingredient in turmeric, the yellow root that colors curry, and it’s a potent anti-inflammatory. Ample research shows curcumin can curtail joint pain and ease arthritis-induced aches. It won’t stamp out pain acutely like an OTC painkiller, but if you use it daily, you should feel results within a few weeks — much faster than glucosamine, chondroitin, and other supplements known to thwart joint pain. Plus, curcumin doesn’t carry the cardiovascular risks of taking painkillers all the time. Note: Sometimes curcumin supplements are labeled as turmeric; those are available here. Just make sure the label lists curcuminoids.