Turmeric and exercise: how the yellow pigment in turmeric may reduce muscle soreness after exercise and boost performance
Turmeric has been used in food and medicines in Asia since 600 BC. The main active compound in turmeric is curcumin, a yellow pigment. Curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory, has been used to treat a range of health conditions including infections, arthritis, high blood pressure, IBS and Type 2 diabetes.
A new study has recently found that curcumin may be valuable before and after heavy exercise. 5g of curcumin (as a supplement) per day was linked to a reduction in muscle pain after exercise. What’s more, there was also evidence of enhanced muscle recovery. Please be aware that high doses of curcumin should not be consumed in pregnancy or if suffering from gallstones or other disorders of the bile duct.
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