Good news about coconut oil, melatonin and turmeric

Q. What are your views on turmeric for arthritis? What is the appropriate dosage?

A. Many readers have reported that turmeric helps their joint pain. A review of clinical trials found that turmeric-based products were better than placebos and about as effective as NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine online, March 14, 2016). One study that showed benefit compared 1,500 mg of turmeric extract to 1,200 mg of ibuprofen per day (Clinical Interventions in Aging online, March 20, 2014). The researchers prepared the extract themselves to provide 250 mg of curcuminoids per dose. Since products vary, that dose is what you might look for.

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