I often say that I have the best job in the world.
I get to help the courageous people who have been prepared to make often considerable changes in order to maintain, regain or just improve their health. It’s a terrible cliche´ but there really are no free lunches with good nutrition.
For example over the last four months I have been helping someone with significant arthritis pain in a knee. This had reduced her mobility to the point where she could no longer exercise, and lived on painkillers.
With diet we added a range of antiinflammatory compounds with antioxidant-dense foods, less sugar and carbohydrates and significantly boosted antiinflammatory fats from flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, oily fish, olive oil and avocado.
We then added a broad spectrum multi antioxidant/ mineral and vitamin complex. To this we added a stabilised Omega 3 fish oil booster to reduce tissue inflammation around the damaged knee joint.
For specific joint support we added a complex of high grade chondroitin with a 95 per cent turmeric extract. We then added a temporary antiinflammatory complex to rapidly reduce joint inflammation. This included potent anti-inflammatory agents such as ActiVin™ grape seed extract, resveratrol, acai extract and others.
After four months she now is mostly pain free and for the first time in years no longer needs painkillers.
You can see the delight on her face now she is able to start doing the things she loves. Her general well-being has improved significantly.
The arthritis that caused the pain is still there. Her cartilage is still worn and damaged. What we have done is to shut down unwanted inflammation. The result is significantly improved mobility.
John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. Contact John on 0800 423559 or email [email protected]dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly newsletter at www.abundant.co.nz.