5 years ago, my seemingly healthy 42-year-old husband was diagnosed with heart disease. This took us hugely by surprise but, determined not to let it affect our healthy and active lifestyles, we looked for alternates to traditional medicines such as Statins, which quite frankly made Gavin (my husband) feel 20 years older.
We came across curcumin through a friend who was researching for her father who had an incurable lung cancer, and they looked at alternate therapies to find a way of prolonging their time together with him. One of the medications they administered was curcumin and it was suggested to Gavin that it showed results with heart disease, helped to lower cholesterol, lowered blood sugars and helped to thin the blood.
Excited to be free of the Statins, we looked for this product called curcumin, which is an extract from turmeric and is the active ingredient within turmeric which makes it an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Unfortunately, we came across a lot of brands which claimed to be curcumin but was guised as turmeric and was not the curcumin extract, nor the high percentage of curcuminoids to reflect the results seen in the plethora of successful clinical trials.
We continued to search and eventually found the right supply with a daily dose of 860mg of curcumin extract at 95% curcuminoids, 100mg of turmeric and 40mg of Bioperine, so that we knew the product would give the correct results. All the ingredients are organic, and we felt assured to begin our curcumin journey.
To gain the right product we had to order the various components required in powder form and create these by hand in to capsules to take. I don’t know how many people have tried this, but I can verify that it is really messy! Yellow was upon us and no amount of bleach stopped bed clothes, floors, socks, children and dogs being tainted permanently with yellow.
The benefits however outweighed the yellowness as we found relief for other issues. Relief from the pain of arthritic fingers and neck, relief from the excruciating pain of plantar fasciitis (the pain is still there but controlled greatly by the curcumin, to the point where walking on holiday made me feel sick with pain when I’d forgotten to take my daily dose), relief from back ache, a relief to know that we are fighting oxidants, a relief to know that colds and flu’s are now lower in frequency than previously, and a relief to feel younger than we have done in years.
We gave some capsules to my father in law who suffers a great deal of daily pain from spondylitis and chronic Osteoarthritis wondering if it would help him find relief. It made such a difference for him that he could stop taking Naproxen and Omeprazole, as the curcumin became his new daily and natural anti-inflammatory.
Of course, this then added to the yellowness as production increased and we decided enough was enough and bought a tablet press to minimize the mess.
There comes a point in your life where your desires and needs change and for myself and my husband our epiphany came not long after the tablet press.
We’re both naturally people who want to help others, so I decided to take my Jerry Maguire plunge with my version of ‘the memo’ as my resignation from my position as Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland for a global company. Instead, I would become an entrepreneur to spread the word about the positive effects of curcumin, and other natural products, to help make the changes to other peoples lives, which we have experienced first-hand for ourselves.
And so Yellow Pup began…