he power of Curcumin (Part 1)

My motorcycle tour in India (on Indian made Royal Enfield’s of course!) with my son 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.

Turmeric or curcumin?

When we talk about the food spice we are talking about turmeric either as whole root or more commonly dried powder. When we are talking about health benefits we are talking about the active compound in turmeric called curcumin which makes up about 5% of turmeric powder. More correctly there are 3 active curcuminoids of which curcumin makes up about 80% of these.

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 client’s story

I have one client with a nasty Baker’s cyst behind his knee. These are essentially a hernia of the knee joint capsule. The most common cause is fluid build-up in the knee from arthritis. He started taking my combination Curcumin/OPC supplement and notices the cyst had gone down considerably.

Clinical trial

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 often side effects.

How much should I take?

I use a standardised extract of 95% curcumin extract and have created a proprietary blend to improve curcumin absorption into damaged joints and tissue.  The normal daily dose is 1 or 2 capsules daily giving 500-1000mg of this high potency extract.  We add black pepper extract to enhance the activity of curcumin in the body. This is equivalent to about a tablespoon of raw turmeric. This is especially effective when combined with high potency grape seed extract.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at john@abundant.co.nz.

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2019


Abundant Health Curcumin 95 is a ground-breaking approach to turmeric supplements by combining our proprietary 95% Curcumin complex with ActiVin® OPC (grape seed) extract.

95% Curcumin complex

This is a combination of a concentrated curcumin complex plus absorption aids including piperine to rapidly boost and maintain high levels of circulating curcumin. Each capsule contains 500mg of 95% curcumin extract. This means that the extract is almost pure curcumin.

ActiVin® OPC grape seed extract

ActiVin® is the most researched OPC extract available with over 30 peer reviewed studies attesting to its wide ranging benefits. These studies demonstrate that ActiVin ® supports cardiovascular health, respiratory health and immune defences.

OPC is special among antioxidants in that it neutralises a wide range of free radicals across many tissue types. It quenches both oxygen and nitrogen free radicals including those produced by our energy processes.

Who could benefit from adding Curcumin 95?

  • Those that need joint health support
  • Those concerned about cardiovascular health including supporting heart artery and blood vessel health. It can also promote healthy blood pressure.
  • Those who require digestive health support. Curcumin and ActiVin® are known to soothe stressed digestive tract lining.

How can Curcumin achieve so much?

Curcumin, like many other potent antioxidants can positively impact numerous types of tissue. We can identify these by looking in more detail at the effect of curcumin in the body.

  1. Antioxidant
    This just means that it can neutralise free radicals. While some free radicals come from toxins in the environment, most are actually produced as our body generates energy.  Whenever energy is made there are by-products that include free radicals.These are a completely normal part of how our bodies work. The problem comes when we have inadequate antioxidant defences then free radicals will start to attack other body molecules and cause damage. Curcumin is one of the most active antioxidants and scavenges a wide range of free radicals. It acts on a range of different free radicals making it one of the very best. Combining Curcumin with ActiVin ® OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) from grape seeds produces arguably the most broad spectrum and potent antioxidant combination.
  1. Immune system balance
    Inflammation is a normal response by our immune system to repair damage caused by infection, injury or degenerative disease. Our western diets and lifestyles create a serious imbalance in our immune system causing this delicate system to become unbalanced. Curcumin and OPC help to balance and normalise immune system responses. Numerous scientific studies confirm that Curcumin and OPC can support healthy immune system balance.

Supplements for joint problems:

For most common joint problems especially those related to cartilage function we recommend a combination of Abundant Health Bettaflex and Omega 3 Fish oil. Additional Curcumin 95 can then operate as a booster to help restore healthy joint function.

If joint problems do not include cartilage function then a combination of Curcumin 95 and Omega 3 fish oil is recommended.

Caution: Do not use Curcumin 95 if taking warfarin or similar anti-coagulant medications without advice from your prescribing medical doctor. Adult use only.

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