You may have seen this lingering in your spice cupboard at home, or even in supplement form. Turmeric is part of the Ginger family and is directly derived from the plants roots. Not many people would think of using turmeric as a supplement to aid your workouts, but several studies have shown that turmeric can provide countless health benefits as well as BOOST exercise performance. Here’s more on why you should start using turmeric in your daily nutrition.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric
- Treats arthritis
- Reduces joint pain
- Used as an anti-inflammatory
- Improves brain function
Performance Benefits Of Turmeric
Reduction of inflammation
If you’ve done several hard workouts and your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are all feeling it…turmeric can help reduce the inflammation caused by training and thus help you recover faster and better…remember results aren’t made in the gym, they’re made in your recovery AFTER the gym.
A 2015 study published in Nutrients looked at the effects of curcumin (the bioactive substance found in turmeric) supplementation on fatigue. The group taking curcumin saw a dose-dependent increase in grip strength and endurance performance and significantly lower levels of lactate build up (the burning sensation that builds up in your muscles and also causes post-workout aches or ‘DOMS’). Muscular glycogen content was also significantly higher in the curcumin group, suggesting that it could benefit those looking to improve exercise performance.
Improved fat loss?
According to a study conducted at the Tufts University, curcumin can suppress fat tissue growth while also helping you to lose weight by regulating sugar levels and further preventing insulin resistance. This results in excess fat that is not retained in the body.
Turmeric can be an awesome supplement to add into your daily nutrition, with many health & performance benefits. Just like any other supplement though, it’s best to get a well-balanced nutritional intake throughout each day and not just rely on one particular thing. You can take turmeric as a spice (try a quarter teaspoon daily) or you can supplement it too as tablet form (usually curcumin). If you don’t like the taste, try adding it to other meals or smoothies too as a quick and easy energy-health boost.
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