Did you know that Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric was studied in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on patients with active Rheumatoid Arthritis? In this blog I will explain exactly what the means, why it’s important, and the results of the study. Spoiler alert: the results were incredible at relieving pain and decreasing blood markers for inflammation.
Research is obviously very important, especially in the medical/health realms. Evidence-based practitioners base their clinical decisions on current evidence (scientific proof, so to speak). There are several different types of research studies, ranging from case reports (an in-depth discussion on one case only) to meta-analyses and systematic reviews (which collect and analyze the results of multiple high-level studies on the same topic to come up with a grand, overarching recommendation). Because of how much they look into current evidence, meta-analysis and systematic reviews are the gold-standard in terms of what practitioner’s trust for guidance in clinical-making decisions.
What type of research makes up sound, robust systematic reviews and meta-analyses? Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. These studies are so important because they eliminate bias or confounding factors within how the research is conducted and how the data is obtained. The less bias involved, the more confident we can be that the intervention studied truly caused (or didn’t cause, depending on what is being investigated) the end result of interest.
Let’s break down how it eliminates bias, using the study with Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric as an example. First of all, subjects could only take part in the study if they all had a similar health status, including being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. (Short side note for those readers who do not know: Rheumatoid Arthritis is a is an autoimmune, chronic systemic inflammatory disorder which mainly affects the joints, causing pain and swelling.) They also could not be on any other drug that would interfere with the study. This is important as comparing patients with multiple different health statuses would make the resulting data less reliable. Before the study was conducted, baseline subjective reports of pain were documented and blood markers for inflammation (ESR, CRP, and RF) were collected from all subjects.
The subjects were then randomized into 3 groups: Group A received 250 mg (a low dose) of Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric, Group B received 500mg (a high dose) of Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric and Group C was the placebo group (who received 500mg of food grade starch). All groups took their capsules over a period of 3 months twice daily 30min after meals, which is another element of similarity between the groups decreasing the chance for co-founding factors to enter into the study and skew results. What’s more important than the randomization and standardization, however, is the placebo group itself. The placebo subjects were still consuming a capsule just like all other participants, but, this treatment was inert and had no actual biological effect. A placebo group is so important in the final analysis of data, because it is the component of the study that allows the results seen in the treatment groups to be attributed to the intervention (in this case, Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric). Moreover, the placebo group and both treatment groups were unaware of which group they were in (also referred to as “blinded.”) Therefore, any notion of “I am on a supplement, I must be feeling better” or “This is just a starch pill, it won’t do anything for me” becomes a non-issue, and therefore standardizes the subjective reports of pain from the subjects at the end of the study. Lastly, researchers were also “blinded” to which subject was in which group until the end of the study. When all parties are blinded, the potential effect of personal bias, opinions, or feelings towards a particular component of the research is eliminated and the data collected becomes more valid.
Now that we understand why we can trust the methods behind the study, here are the results:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis patients who received either the low or high dose of Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric reported a statistically significant decrease in their symptoms by the end of the study compared to baseline and placebo
- Rheumatoid Arthritis patients who received either the low or high dose of Dr. D’s Ultra BioTurmeric had LOWER LEVELS OF ESR, CRP, AND RF compared to baseline AND placebo (which means that they had objectively lower levels of inflammation in their blood!)
- Both doses were well tolerated, without side effects
Therefore, we can confidently conclude that this product can be used as an analgesic (pain-reliever) and anti-inflammatory agent for the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Wow.
So, what to take from all this? The quality of this study is exceptional, which means that we can be very confident in the results, and the benefits it can have on your life. If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, here is some concrete data to show that this product can help. If you don’t have Rheumatoid Arthritis but do suffer from pain, the study highlights the benefits of this product in a population with unfortunately high levels of inflammation (which causes pain), and if it worked so well with them, it will likely work for you too. If you (hopefully) don’t suffer from any pain at all, you can learn more about how this product decreases chronic, low-grade inflammation which ultimately helps prevent chronic disease…All About Chronic Inflammation – Dr. D's (doctords.com)
For a link to the study, click here
Always thoroughly read and follow directions on the label and speak to your medical doctor or pharmacist before taking this product, especially if you are already on other medications or suffer from medical conditions.
*THE CONTENT IN THESE BLOGS IS STRICTLY EDUCATIONAL AND NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING A MEDICAL CONDITION OR YOUR GENERAL HEALTH. ALWAYS THOROUGHLY READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LABELS OF YOUR SUPPLEMENTS AND/OR MEDICATIONS. NOTE THAT THE CONTENT IN THESE BLOGS MAY BECOME OUTDATED AS NEWER RESEARCH IS PUBLISHED.