with John Arts
Last edition we looked at research into the healing power of turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is the actual brilliant yellow pigment in turmeric. I find it fascinating that nature’s most potent healing compounds are locked into brilliant colour. It seems as the colours in fruit, vegetables and spices draw our attentionto these marvellous compounds.
The brilliant yellow of curcumin is matched by the deep purples of the active compounds in berries and red wine grape seeds. These compounds are classified as polyphenols and I know of no other group of plant chemicals that have such a profound effect on our health.
I’ve just spoken with a client who had a very painful hip. We introduced my turmeric product combined with magnesium before bed and she’s now active again with much less pain.
Curcumin is truly multi-faceted. It actively reduces unwanted inflammation by temporarily disabling inflammatory enzymes while also reducing inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. And it does this without the side effects of drugs.
In fact a clinical trial ‘Clin Interv Aging 2014’ compared a common medication with curcumin for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and concluded that curcumin was as effective as the anti-inflammatory medication. I have many clients whocannottolerate medications for pain and turmeric supplements can really help.
Curcumin though is no one-trick pony. It also has the ability to protect the chondrocyte cells that secrete and maintain cartilage. It does this through its potent antioxidant functions which are greatly magnified by adding quality grape seed extract. Free radical damage of chondrocytes appears to be the main driver of osteoarthritis.
Feel free to contact me for advice. I offer a complimentary programme for joint health support for those with osteoarthritis and other joint problems.
John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For questions or advice contact John on 0800 423559 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Join his full weekly newsletter at: www.abundant.co.nz