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Turmeric derivative ‘can help to treat tendinitis’

11th August 2011

Sufferers of tendinitis could see benefits from treatments utilising a common culinary spice, according to a new study.

The University of Nottingham and Ludwig Maximilians University have conducted research showing that curcumin, a derivative of the curry spice turmeric, can suppress biological mechanisms that spark inflammation in tendon diseases.

It is thought that further research into the chemical could be used as the basis for new treatments that could replace non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the only current therapy option for these conditions.

Dr Ali Mobasheri, of the University of Nottingham's school of veterinary medicine and science, stressed that this does not mean that turmeric or curries should be considered a "cure" for tendinitis or arthritis.

However, he added: "We believe that it could offer scientists an important new lead in the treatment of these painful conditions through nutrition."

According to the NHS, tendinitis is a common condition that can often be caused by overusing a tendon or injuring it during physical exercise.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800697274-ADNFCR

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