Indian cuisine is known for its wide variety of condiments and spices. Our kitchen is always packed with turmeric and tamarind i.e. haldi and imli. Turmeric is used in almost all the cuisines and tamarind is the main hero of our South Indian sambhar. But did you know that these two ingredients have more to do than just being the flavor or color of the recipe?
What you eat makes a great impact rather than what you apply on your skin. This is true for many types of arthritis and related conditions. Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.
The symptoms include swelling, tightness, joint pain and irritation associated with inflammation cause patient discomfort. Combating the inflammation can improve circulation and aid healing as well as lessen the pain which can be your joint pain too.
The major disease associated with inflammation is osteoarthritis or chronic joint condition. It affects over 250 million people worldwide, leading to increased healthcare costs, impairment in activities of daily living (ADL), and ultimately decreased quality of life.
Unlike the Harry Potter world, there is no magic portion in real life. Studies have yet shown the supportive role of few ingredients for arthritis and another inflammatory form of arthritis symptoms.
A bright yellow-orange wonder herb, turmeric is one of the oldest, most significant spices known to man. Turmeric plants thrive in hot climates with light soils. The climates of India as well as Central America suit the growth of the tropical turmeric plant.
An antioxidant present in turmeric called curcumin is said to play the main role for its benefits. Several studies have proved its benefits to fight inflammation and or it may support treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
However, it was found out by Tayyem and his colleagues in 2006 that curcumin content is not found in satisfying quantity in the pure form of turmeric. Tayyem found out that even the purest turmeric powder having the highest curcumin concentration, averaging 3.14% by weight.
It has been used to support many health goals in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin due to its anti-inflammatory action blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes’, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), thus saves you from the harmful effects of inflammation.
A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.
Tamarind, just like Turmeric plays a very important role in preventing inflammation of the body. It is extensively used in the traditional system of medicine in India and other countries for treating abdominal pain, blood disorders, wound healing, fever, constipation, and acne.
Tamarind seed kernels have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Traditionally, it is used in various ailments such as chronic diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice, diabetes, ulcer, and wound healing. A recent preclinical study demonstrated that T. indica seed extract improved inflammatory arthritic symptoms in the animal models. (Sundaram et.al, 2015)
GNC is also changing the game, again, by being the first to bring TamaFlex to the market.
A new, breakthrough joint health product that has been clinically studied for joint health benefits –with results you can feel in as little as 2 weeks!^
For centuries, traditional Ayurveda preparations have used the power of turmeric and tamarind. Now, GNC’s clinical experts have designed a product that combines these botanical ingredients into just two small pills a day –plus, its mechanism of action is associated with one of the key pathologies of joint issues: Inflammation.
- Help you feel better in just 5 days♦
- Provide 7X more joint comfort in 30 days♦
- Provide 7.5X better joint function in 30 days^
- Reduce joint discomfort following exercise and daily activities^
- Provide 5X improvement in joint stiffness ♦and flexibility^
- Improve the ability to climb stairs^
- Increase knee joint range of motion^
Includes ApresFlex to help support a natural anti-inflammatory response in as few as 5 days♦
^ In a randomized, double-blinded trial, 90 healthy adults took 125 mg of TamaFlex or placebo twice daily for 90 days. Those taking TamaFlex had improved (i) joint comfort, stiffness, function (WOMAC), (ii) walking speed and distance, and (III) use of stairs. Improvements were seen as early as 2 weeks for comfort &andstiffness.
♦In a randomized, double-blind study, 67 adults took 50 mg of ApresFlexor a placebo twice daily. Those taking ApresFlexhad improvements in joint stiffness, comfort, and function (WOMAC) were 5, 7, and 43 times greater vs. the placebo group after 30 days. Improvements were seen as early as 5 days.