HEALTH What’s the fuss about turmeric?

Hamilton News - - HEALTH - John Arts

(Part 1)

Cur­cumin ex­tracted from turmeric is prob­a­bly the most stud­ied of all nat­u­ral com­pounds. There are re­search pa­pers that cover ev­ery­thing from its anti-an­tiox­i­dant ca­pac­ity, that it helps our can­cer de­fences, can help pro­tect brain cells against age re­lated prob­lems, neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive prob­lems and many more. Most re­search, how­ever, is fo­cused on its an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ca­pac­ity.

Al­most ev­ery chronic disease ei­ther causes or re­sults in in­flam­ma­tion. While the in­flam­ma­tory process is es­sen­tial for heal­ing it can cause new prob­lems or worsen ex­ist­ing prob­lems.

Just think about this for a mo­ment. Heart disease is in­flam­ma­tion of blood ves­sels lead­ing to plaques. In­flam­ma­tion is part of how can­cer cells spread. All au­toim­mune disease is in­flam­ma­tory. Neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases, in­clud­ing de­men­tia-re­lated con­di­tions, are in­flam­ma­tory. All res­pi­ra­tory and al­ler­gic con­di­tions are in­flam­ma­tory. Most skin prob­lems are caused or wors­ened by in­flam­ma­tion and os­teoarthri­tis is of course in­flam­ma­tory.

This is of course why most med­i­cal treat­ments for these con­di­tions cen­tre around re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion with ev­ery­thing from hum­ble as­pirin through to pow­er­ful steroids.

Part of the prob­lem though is that some peo­ple can­not tol­er­ate med­i­ca­tions or else these can­not be used long-term or in some cases in­crease the risk of other health prob­lems.

For ex­am­ple, I have a client who had bat­tled ten­nis el­bow for some time. While med­i­ca­tions pro­vided tem­po­rary relief he de­cided to add my Cur­cumin and OPC along­side Omega 3 fish oil and an an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory diet.

Af­ter a few months he re­ported that his el­bow was much bet­ter.

This should not sur­prise as mul­ti­ple stud­ies and re­search show that cur­cumin helps to nor­malise sev­eral in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses es­pe­cially in­flam­ma­tory cy­tokine and prostaglandin pro­duc­tion.

Cur­cumin acts as an im­mune sys­tem con­duc­tor restor­ing nat­u­ral im­mune bal­ance. Feel free to con­tact me if you have ques­tions.

. . . mul­ti­ple stud­ies and re­search show that cur­cumin helps to nor­malise sev­eral in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses

■ 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 john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

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