As more studies are done, we are discovering just how powerful curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric really is. It has the incredible ability to bring down inflammation in the body, across multiple pathways, all at the same time. It has positive effects across different organ systems within the body, as well as having antioxidant properties too.
Here we take a brief look at the benefits of using curcumin in combination with other powerful nutrients for effective natural support for your joints:
• Curcumin and its positive effects on joints - Curcumin is the main constituent considered to be responsible for Turmeric’s healing properties. Curcumin has a long history in supporting joint health, in the Western world, but also going back through time in Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine too. Many studies have now shown that Curcumin can help to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness, especially in inflammatory joint problems such as arthritis.
Curcumin has also demonstrated significant antioxidant activity, which is crucial for joint health. Potentially harmful free radicals are produced as a natural by-product of the many reactions taking place in your body every single day. These free radicals can cause damage and destruction to joint tissues such as cartilage. Your body uses antioxidants to ‘mop up’ free radicals as they are produced which helps to prevent damage to bodily tissues. It is crucial therefore that you ensure a constant dietary supply of antioxidants such as curcumin, every single day, to protect the health of your joints.
• Anti-inflammatory activity of ginger - Did you know that turmeric and ginger are part of the same plant family? Ginger has a powerful but gentle, warming action on the body. It is renowned for its soothing, warming effect on the digestive system, and is also used traditionally to help those with cold hands and feet, as it stimulates the peripheral circulation. Due to this property, it is often added to herbal combinations, to “potentiate” the formula, as it helps to “transport” the various ingredients to all parts of the body, especially where it is needed, as it stimulates the circulation.
In the herbal world, ginger is also prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular support for joints and connective tissue. Clinical studies are providing mounting evidence of the anti-inflammatory properties that ginger possesses. Gingerols and zingerones are the special bioactive compounds within ginger that may help to bring down inflammation, and this may then provide relief from joint pain and discomfort.
• Vitamin C & collagen synthesis - Vitamin C is such an amazing nutrient that is involved throughout the body, down to each individual cell! It is also essential for collagen formation throughout the body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, and could be described as the “glue” which helps to bind everything together. It is found in our tendons, cartilage, muscles, bone, blood vessels and skin. As we age, the body’s collagen production may decrease, which can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin and weaker joint cartilage. Therefore, vitamin C is an important component to include in any formula that is targeted towards joint health and maintenance.
• Vitamin D supports healthy bones and joints - Vitamin D is constantly in the press at the moment, as more and more research demonstrates just how crucial this nutrient is for many different aspects of your health. We also know that many people are low in vitamin D, so it’s important to ensure you have an optimal level, especially during the winter months when our bodily production of this vital nutrient is low. Vitamin D acts across multiple organ systems throughout the body. It plays an important role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus throughout the body, which impacts on the strength and integrity of bones. By maintaining healthy bone mineralisation, calcium is directed to where it should be, rather than it depositing elsewhere, such as in the joints. Vitamin D has also demonstrated significant anti inflammatory activity and helps to balance the immune system.