Inflammation happens to everyone regardless of age, without you realising it. Inflammation is not always bad. It is an essential part of the body’s immune response to injuries and infections by foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses. Signs and symptoms include redness, swelling, heat and pain.
Inflammation: the good and the bad
Acute inflammation starts spontaneously after an injury as a response for wound healing. It is usually mild and short-lived. This is a good inflammation.
The worries arise if the inflammatory response persists. It can progress to chronic inflammation which can linger for several months to years.
Chronic inflammation is unhealthy and bad. It is believed to be the root for a myriad of health conditions, from allergies, depression, autism, asthma, arthritis, eczema, to some life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer. Research has revealed that pro-inflammatory states are associated with tumour progression. Inflammatory chemicals release free radicals in the body and encourage the production of new blood vessels that feed cancerous growths.
Lifestyle factors that lead to inflammation
Addressing the cause of inflammation can significantly help improve your health. Dietary choices are a huge contributing factor. Sugar and other high-glycemic foods are the major culprits of inflammation. Processed food, high-fat food, meat, dairy products and wheat products are also triggers.
Obesity, lack of physical activity, sleep deprivation, stress, smoking, recreational drug use and excessive alcohol consumption can all prompt your immune response and eventually result in pro-inflammatory processes in your body.
Turmeric: the mighty golden healer
Do not let inflammation rage inside your body and silently take a toll on your health! You can reduce inflammation by making positive lifestyle and dietary changes.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of ailments. More than just a culinary spice, it possesses remarkable health-promoting properties, thanks to its well-known anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Mounting evidence proves the healing properties of turmeric is attributed to its active compounds – curcuminoids.
Curcuminoids are known to suppress inflammation by inhibiting NF-kB, a transcription factor which triggers a cascade of undesirable inflammatory responses in the body. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in a host of chronic diseases ranging from cardiovascular diseases to cancer. As a potent antioxidant, curcuminoids effectively protect the cells from lipid peroxidation, and oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
This golden spice provides a safe, natural approach, not only to calm inflammatory responses in the body, but also to address the underlying causes, as well as to strengthen the body as a whole. Health benefits of turmeric include:
- arthritis management – relieves pain, inflammation and stiffness related to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- heart health – reduces the risk of thrombosis, and protects against myocardial infarction
- brain function – helps improve cognitive functions and maintain memory in Alzheimer’s patients
- gastrointestinal health – improves digestion, reduces bloating, and relieves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- anti-allergic – alleviates symptoms of allergies by inhibiting the release of histamine from mast cells
- radio- and chemo-protection – improves effectiveness and reduces the undesirable side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy
- tumour prevention – inhibits initiation, progression and metastasis of a variety of tumours
Supplementing with Curcumin C3 Complex®
To reap the full benefits of this golden spice, and for maximum efficacy, you may consider choosing a formulation containing 500mg Curcumin C3 Complex® containing a standardised extract of turmeric, providing 95% total curcuminoids: curcumin, demethoxycurcumin (DMC) and bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC). These three major curcuminoids are in naturally-occurring free form, which confers greater bio-efficacy compared to its conjugates.
As the gold standard for turmeric extracts, Curcumin C3 Complex® is the foremost clinically-studied natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with numerous health benefits. Although present in small quantities, DMC and BDMC have a profound effect on the activity of curcumin. The combination of these 3 curcuminoids proves more efficient in protecting against oxidative stress compared to taking curcumin on its own. The presence of these DMC and BDMC stabilise the curcumin. With BDMC, Curcumin C3 Complex® is more soluble, making it more absorbable in the gastrointestinal tract.
The addition of BioPerine®, a black pepper extract containing no less than 95% piperine, significantly enhances the bioavailability of curcuminoids through enhanced absorption. With this natural bioenhancer, Curcumin C3 Complex® is able to reach, enter and remain within their target cells for longer periods of time for optimal health support.
An assurance of safety, both Curcumin C3 Complex® and BioPerine® have been granted GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).