John Arts

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Most have heard of cur­cumin from turmeric and some about OPC from grape seeds. When used to­gether these po­tent bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive com­pounds can have pro­found health ben­e­fits.

If you do some re­search you will find an ex­ten­sive list of health prob­lems that these 2 com­pounds can in­flu­ence. This should not sur­prise as both are po­tent an­tiox­i­dants that ad­di­tion­ally help the body to turn off un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion. As an ex­am­ple one of my clients with on­go­ing hip prob­lems added my Cur­cumin/OPC for­mula and is now much more com­fort­able.

OPC (oligomeric proan­tho­cyani­dins) is ex­tracted from the pur­ple pig­ments on red wine grape seeds. My favourite OPC is Ac­tiVin®. This top grade Cal­i­for­nian OPC is ex­tracted from Nappa Val­ley grape seeds us­ing a patented (Ac­tiPure®) wa­ter and al­co­hol method.

OPC has sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits. It is ex­cel­lent for cir­cu­la­tion as it pro­tects the pro­teins that make up blood ves­sel walls from free rad­i­cal dam­age. This can help with gen­eral cir­cu­la­tion and is great sup­port for those with hy­per­ten­sion. Ad­di­tion­ally it has strong an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory func­tions by help­ing pre­vent im­mune cells from over-pro­duc­ing a number of in­flam­ma­tory chem­i­cals.

Cur­cumin is the ac­tive compound in turmeric. When we are dis­cussing food we talk about turmeric. When dis­cussing its health ben­e­fits we are talk­ing about Cur­cumin. Like OPC, Cur­cumin is a po­tent an­tiox­i­dant and has sig­nif­i­cant an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Cur­cumin is pos­si­bly the most re­searched nat­u­ral health compound. It is ex­cel­lent to add when looking to build our nat­u­ral an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory sys­tems.

I use these com­pounds as part of nu­tri­tional sup­port pro­grammes for those with var­i­ous in­flam­ma­tory prob­lems. It is an ideal booster for those with se­ri­ous os­teoarthri­tis, for those with rheuma­toid arthri­tis and other au­toim­mune prob­lems. When added at cor­rect doses they can make a huge dif­fer­ence.

I speak daily to peo­ple af­fected by in­flam­ma­tion. This com­monly af­fects joints but can af­fect most types of body tis­sue. While we can feel the dis­com­fort of joint in­flam­ma­tion we can­not feel in­flam­ma­tion of blood ves­sels un­til dis­ease symp­toms ap­pear.

Our im­mune sys­tem re­sponds to in­jury and sick­ness by generating in­flam­ma­tion. This is an es­sen­tial part of our in-built re­pair and re­cov­ery sys­tems. While we can­not heal with­out in­flam­ma­tion, un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion can slow heal­ing and cre­ate new prob­lems. Prob­lems with the suf­fix ‘itis' are all in­flam­ma­tory dis­eases.

One of the rea­sons we are told to eat lots of deep-coloured plants is that the an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory an­tiox­i­dants are locked into their bright colours. The yel­low in turmeric con­tains cur­cumin. Pur­ple colour on grape seeds con­tains the po­tent OPCs.

While os­teoarthri­tis is the most com­mon joint problem, oth­ers such as ten­donitis, bur­si­tis and rheuma­toid arthri­tis af­fect many peo­ple. The cen­tre of any nu­tri­tional medicine pro­gramme is an anti-in­flam­ma­tory diet. Adding well for­mu­lated sup­ple­ments with high grade ingredients can add heal­ing com­pounds at lev­els much higher than through diet alone. Two of the most po­tent are cur­cumin from turmeric and the OPCs (oligomeric proan­tho­cyani­dins) from grape seeds.

For ex­am­ple adding 1000mg of 95 per cent cur­cumin has the cur­cumin in sev­eral ta­ble­spoons of turmeric. You would need to eat ta­ble­spoons of red wine grape seeds to get 100mg of pure OPC.

I speak to clients daily who are more mo­bile and more com­fort­able by adding po­tent nat­u­ral anti-in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds. One with rheuma­toid arthri­tis is much more com­fort­able by adding 1000mg of cur­cumin and 200mg of OPC daily.

■ 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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