Spotlight on Curcumin and OPC, part 1

By: John Arts

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

Some research reveals an extensive list of health problems that these two compounds can influence. This should not come as a 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 anti-inflammatory functions by helping prevent immune cells from over-producing a number of inflammatory chemicals.

Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric, and 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 anti-inflammatory properties.

Curcumin is possibly the most researched natural health compound. It is excellent to add when looking to build our natural anti-inflammatory 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.

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John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on: 0800 423 559. To read more go to:

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