How can Omega-3 & Turmeric help you?

by MichelleR on July 23, 2012

A popular omega-3 fatty acid together with an ingredient in curry spice (turmeric) may offer millions of seniors some relief from spinal damage, research reveals. Cervical myelopathy is the most common spine-related walking problem for people over 55, and it can lead to disabling neurological symptoms, such as difficulty walking, neck and arm pain, hand numbness and weakness of the limbs. UCLA researchers’ findings suggest that the two supplements help repair nerve cells and maintain neurological function after degenerative damage to the neck. According to Dr. Holly, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, surgery can only go as far as relieving pressure and preventing further injury. Surgery does nothing to repair damage that has already been done to cells and nerve fiber. A diet supplemented with DHA and turmeric seems to show great potential in protecting the body from degenerative disease. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid shown to repair damage to cell membranes. Curcumin is a compound in turmeric, an Indian curry spice, and a strong antioxidant that previous studies have linked to tissue repair. Both reduce inflammation.

The supplements might do the trick for those who are afflicted with back pain, but you should also know that support at home from a Home Instead CAREGiverSM could help, too.
For more about “Omega-3, Curry Spice Help Pain,” check out the July 2012 Senior Advisor.

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