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My mo­tor­cy­cle tour in India in 2015 was a feast for my senses in­clud­ing of course my taste buds. Most curry recipes con­tain the bril­liant yel­low spice turmeric. It has also been a main­stay of In­dian Ayurvedic medicine where it is used for its an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory, an­tiox­i­dant and im­mune sup­port­ing qual­i­ties.

The ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in turmeric is cur­cumin which makes up about 5 per cent of turmeric pow­der. While the ben­e­fits of cur­cumin have been part of In­dian heal­ing for cen­turies it is now the fo­cus of west­ern sci­en­tific re­search. I have nu­mer­ous clients who have ben­e­fited from cur­cumin of­ten to calm tis­sue af­fected by in­flam­ma­tion.

A study ti­tled “Cur­cumin: a new paradigm and ther­a­peu­tic op­por­tu­nity for the treat­ment of os­teoarthri­tis.” (Hen­rotin, 2013) in­ves­ti­gated the ap­pli­ca­tion of cur­cumin in os­teoarthri­tis. The study con­cluded “cur­cumin rep­re­sents a new paradigm since it is not yet a rec­om­mended in­ter­ven­tion in os­teoarthri­tis but should be con­sid­ered based on its safety and ef­fi­cacy.” The study out­lines the im­pact of cur­cumin on an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory path­ways in­clud­ing in­hibit­ing in­flam­ma­tory en­zyme COX-2. This is the tar­get of most anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs and while ef­fec­tive, these come with a range of of­ten side ef­fects.

I use a stan­dard­ised ex­tract of 95 per cent cur­cumin ex­tract and have cre­ated a pro­pri­etary blend to im­prove cur­cumin ab­sorp­tion into dam­aged joints and tis­sue. The nor­mal daily dose of 2 cap­sules daily gives 1000mg of this high po­tency ex­tract. This is equiv­a­lent to about a ta­ble­spoon of raw turmeric. This is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive when com­bined with high po­tency grape seed ex­tract. I use cur­cumin mostly for joint sup­port, di­ges­tive sup­port and wher­ever tis­sue is af­fected by in­flam­ma­tion.

The ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in tumeric is cur­cumin, the bril­liant yel­low pig­ment. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing that na­ture’s most po­tent heal­ing com­pounds are locked into bril­liant colour. 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 ac­tive com­pounds in berries and red wine grape seeds. These 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 with 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 mul­ti­fac­eted. It ac­tively re­duces in­flam­ma­tion by tem­po­rar­ily dis­abling in­flam­ma­tory en­zymes while re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tory chem­i­cals called cy­tokines, with­out the side ef­fects of drugs.

A clin­i­cal trial (Clin. In­terv. Ag­ing, 2014) com­pared a com­mon med­i­ca­tion with cur­cum­into treat knee os­teoarthri­tis and con­cluded that cur­cumin was as ef­fec­tive as the an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory 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 can also pro­tect the chon­dro­cyte cells that se­crete and main­tain car­ti­lage. It does this through po­tent an­tiox­i­dant func­tions mag­ni­fied by adding qual­ity grape seed ex­tract.

Free rad­i­cal dam­age of chon­dro­cytes ap­pears to be the main driver of os­teoarthri­tis.

■ 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 full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

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