What’s all the fuss about adding turmeric to food?
■ Part 1.
It is difficult to think of any chronic disease that is not either caused or worsened by inflammation.
We are going to look more closely at the inflammatory process and how diet and supplements can help create 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 anti-inflammatory compounds are curcumin from turmeric and OPC from grape seed extract. These firstly help block an unwanted inflammatory response and secondly help produce antiinflammatory effect on inflamed tissue.
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 email@example.com. Join his newsletter at www.abundant.co.nz