Common spice extract fights inflammation better than drugs

Studies show that a promising new treatment for severe inflammation, which is at the heart of most chronic diseases, is found in curcumin, a natural ingredient in the common spice, turmeric.


Several studies have shown curcumin, used for centuries in many Asian dishes, has properties that may help address a host of inflammation-based chronic diseases. One recent study found that curcumin’s potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Other studies have shown curcumin to be helpful in fighting diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune problems, and many other inflammatory conditions.
And two separate studies found that the turmeric extract BCM-95, utilised in the food supplement Bio-Curcumin outperformed conventional drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. BCM-95 has been scientifically proven to be the most effective way to supplement with curcumin.

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SA nutritional consultant, Vanessa Ascencao, says severe inflammation may lead to depression, unhealthy weight gain and chronic disease. She suggests the following tips to help counter inflammation:

  • Ditch sugar, including refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and even agave nectar. Check food labels and avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid refined foods, processed foods and sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages.
  • Avoid foods with trans or hydrogenated fats.
  • Follow a healthy diet by choosing natural whole foods as close to nature as possible. Aim to eat a plethora of greens, good fats, good quality protein and fresh fruit in season.
  • Increase omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, walnuts and seeds.
  • Increase foods which combat inflammation such as tomatoes, olive oil, ginger, rosemary, cloves and tumeric.
  • Remove all forms of gluten (rye, barley, oats, wheat) as it causes gut inflammation and is linked to arthritis.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. If you can’t get to gym, jog, walk the dogs or play with your kids.
  • Get enough, good quality sleep: eight to 10 hours a night.
  • Manage stress.
  • Increase intake of vitamin D3 which helps improve muscle function and maintain healthy insulin levels. Try BetterYou DLux oral spray which is proven to work better than pills, see here.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory supplement such as Bio-Curcumin.

Bio-Curcumin is available nationally at leading health stores, pharmacies and Dis-Chem.

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