The benefits of turmeric

By: John Arts

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 anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-supporting qualities.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which makes up about five 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 benefitted 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 anti-inflammatory 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 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 two 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.

Feel free to contact me for advice. I offer a complementary programme for joint health support for those with osteoarthritis and other joint problems.

John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559 or email john@abundant.co.nz

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