Last edition we looked at research into the healing power of turmeric.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric. I find it fascinating that nature’s most potent healing compounds are locked into vibrant colour. It seems as if the colours in fruit, vegetables, and spices draw our attention to 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 have just spoken with a client who had a very painful hip.
We introduced my curcumin product combined with magnesium before bed, and she is 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 who are not able to tolerate 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.
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John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on: 0800 423 559 or visit: www.sunlive.co.nz