What’s the fuss about turmeric?

Hamilton News - - HEALTH - John Arts

(Part 2)

It is dif­fi­cult to think of any chronic dis­ease that is not ei­ther caused or wors­ened by in­flam­ma­tion. To­day we are go­ing to look more closely at the in­flam­ma­tory process and how diet and sup­ple­ments can help cre­ate nor­mal in­flam­ma­tory bal­ance. The pur­pose of in­flam­ma­tion is to help re­store tis­sue that is af­fected by in­fec­tion, trauma or dis­ease.

Think of this like a play­ground see-saw. On one end we have forces that cause in­flam­ma­tion while on the other the forces that re­duce it. When this del­i­cate bal­ance goes wrong it can lead to chronic in­flam­ma­tion which will worsen ex­ist­ing prob­lems and even cause new prob­lems.

All in­flam­ma­tion comes di­rectly or in­di­rectly from our im­mune sys­tem. It is our white blood cells that gov­ern in­flam­ma­tion. This process is di­rectly re­lated to diet and in par­tic­u­lar fats and a vast ar­range of bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive an­tiox­i­dants.

The chem­istry of all this is very com­plex but there are some sim­ple facts. Fats in our diet have huge in­flu­ence over in­flam­ma­tion.

Omega 6 oils and some an­i­mal fats tend to push our bod­ies to­wards in­flam­ma­tion.

Omega 3 and some other plant oil tend to have an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ben­e­fits.

Two of the most bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds are cur­cumin from turmeric and OPC from grape seed ex­tract. These firstly help block an un­wanted in­flam­ma­tory re­sponse and se­condly help pro­duce anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect on in­flamed tis­sue. Com­bin­ing these two po­tent ex­tracts can calm stressed tis­sue and bring much wanted re­lief.

I was speak­ing with some­one re­cently who had been af­fected by long-term in­flam­ma­tion in his spine. Adding high doses of Cur­cumin and OPC has re­sulted in his back be­ing much more com­fort­able and as a bonus his swollen fin­gers are much bet­ter.

Feel free to con­tact me if you have ques­tions.

■ 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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One of the most bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds is cur­cumin from turmeric.

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