Recently, I spoke with a couple who had osteoarthritis in their hands, back and also had issues with muscle pain and ligament damage. I created a comprehensive nutritional programme and they've both experienced significant improvement to these long-term problems.
If your problem has the suffix ‘itis' then it is an inflammatory disease. The central component to any nutritional programme will be an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements to help shift the balance from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory. The results are often startling and can show within a few months.
Resveratrol is noted for its anti-aging qualities but I use it as much for its anti-inflammatory function. Research from ‘Thorax 2003' shows resveratrol reduces inflammation in respiratory problems, or
or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Curcumin, the active anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric, has long been recognised for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. I use 95 per cent curcumin extract in several of my formulas with great success.
Grape seed extract, an Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complex, is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants and I add as much as 500mg in cases of severe inflammation. The best OPC extracts, such as ActiVin, are naturally extracted for maximum potency. Acai berries are loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds including a complex of phenolic antioxidants that prevent our immune system from generating unnecessary inflammatory cytokines.
The real question is how to get these anti-inflammatory nutrients in sufficient quantities and with the right combinations? While we can target some of these compounds in our diets the real benefit comes when we add them in specialist supplements.
In most cases I start with an intensive programme with much higher doses before moving to a maintenance programme as we get noticeable improvements.
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John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559.
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