One surprising ingredient that may support muscle recovery
Curcumin is the most active component of turmeric. The antioxidant benefits you receive from turmeric come from the curcumin found in the plant. For centuries, turmeric has been used by ancient healers to naturally support a wide-range of health concerns. Today, new studies are continuing to find more ways in which the antioxidant benefits of curcumin can support one’s health. One area of health that is being explored, is determining if curcumin can help with muscle recovery after exercise.
Muscle cells and oxidative stress
During an intense workout, muscle cells are often subject to trauma; resulting in inflammation, soreness or even damage to muscle cells. Any individual wanting to maintain optimal health and continue being physically active, would want to do whatever they can to minimize damage to muscle cells. Since curcumin is known to combat oxidative stress and inflammation, researchers have been studying the potential of using curcumin to help support a healthy inflammatory response in muscle cells and helping minimize damage.
Research on Curcumin
Recently, a research team at the University of North Texas found that enhanced curcumin could help reduce markers of inflammation and muscle damage after excessive exercise. The study had individuals take either 400 mg of an enhanced curcumin supplement or a placebo for two days before participating in a leg press exercise. They then followed the participants for four days afterwards. Results showed that both groups had an increase creatine kinase (a marker of muscle damage), but it was 45% lower in the participants who took the supplement. These results show potential for curcumin supplementation in helping to speed up muscle recovery and improve muscle capability in future workouts.
A previous study by Italian researchers has also shown potential benefits of curcumin for muscle recovery. The study had participants take either a proprietary curcumin extract or placebo for two days before participating in a strenuous downhill run. Results showed the supplemented group reported less pain in the lower limbs and also had fewer instances of muscle damage and inflammation. In both studies, the curcumin supplement has shown significant results for muscle support.
While staying active is an important aspect of living a long, healthy life, a hard workout can put a lot of stress on the body. If curcumin can help minimize damage to muscle cells, wouldn’t active individuals want to include it in their diet? If you’re looking to add some curcumin to your diet, try Youngevity’s organic turmeric ProLine product, Pürmeric (pronounced like tur-mer-ic)! This high-quality supplement contains 95% curcuminoids with a greater nutrient profile than most turmeric products on the market.
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