Over the last few years the popularity of turmeric as a health product, as opposed to an ingredient in cooking, has rocketed, but the science supporting its use has not always been forthcoming. However, a new review of the scientific literature on curcumin, the natural chemical in turmeric said to be behind its claimed benefits, has revealed that there appears to be some compelling evidence to support the use of the spice by those involved in sport and fitness.
The researchers, behind the review, looked at a large number of studies. They found that in those studies, which met their criteria*, the use of curcumin reduced the subjective perception of muscle pain associated with exercise, reduced muscle damage and increased muscle performance.
Furthermore, the researchers discovered that curcumin appears to have an anti-inflammatory effect, by modulating pro-inflammatory cytokines (small proteins the body uses for signalling) and may have a slight antioxidant effect. In summary they concluded that the administration of curcumin “…before and during exercise, and up until 72 hours post-exercise, improved performance by reducing EIMD (exercise-induced muscle damage) and modulating the inflammation caused by physical activity”
Organic turmeric products
Health food brand Natur Boutique have harnessed the power of the spice to create some of the most natural turmeric products available – in the form of organic turmeric capsules and an organic turmeric tea.
By using organic turmeric, Natur Boutique ensure the spice grows slowly, without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, which produces a better taste for you and a better future for our planet.
With a subtle spicy flavour, the tea, one of the only available to be 100% turmeric, can be enjoyed any time of day and offers a tasty way to include turmeric in your diet. The capsules offer an easy and convenient way to benefit from turmeric on-the-go and are suitable for vegetarians.
Natur Boutique’s Turmeric Tea is now available at Ocado and www.naturboutique.co.uk, the capsules from Grape Tree and other health stores. Please note: DO NOT USE if pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a medical condition, are on medication or are in doubt over the suitability of the tea for your diet please consult your doctor.
*the search included original articles with randomized controlled crossover or parallel design in which the intake of curcumin administered before and/or after exercise was compared with an identical placebo situation