Supplement Spotlight: Turmeric

You may be looking at this title with some confusion. Turmeric... that's used in curry, right? You would be correct. Turmeric is indeed a spice common in Indian dishes. Well, we're here to tell you that your Friday night takeaway wasn't all bad (yes, we're clutching at straws).

Turmeric is actually an excellent health supplement! Curcumin, the yellow pigment in Turmeric, is it's main bioactive ingredient. We will use the two terms interchangeably throughout.

-Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation is linked to the development of many diseases, including diabetes and arthritis. Unfortunately, despite the many, many, outweighing positives to exercising regularly, intense exercise is a stressor on the body, and it requires increased management of recovery and inflammation in the body.

-Studies have found a reduction in pain (general, post operative and joint) with curcumin.

-Turmeric is also an antioxidant, which will work to protect against damage to the cells from free radicals in the environment. Curcumin can not only neutralise free radicals, but stimulate the body's own antioxidant enzymes. A large study on subjects from a highly polluted area of India found that the anti-oxidant system was somewhat normalised and DNA integrity preserved with oral ingestion of 500mg, twice a day, over 6 months (Biswas et al., 2010).

-Some studies have also shown a reduction in depression after long term use, when compared to placebo, although more research is needed.

 

Warrior Turmeric

Combined with bioperine, the bioavailability of Turmeric is increased, so that more can be absorbed.

A two capsule serving of Warrior Turmeric provides 500mg turmeric with 10g bioperine. As many of the studies on curcumin involve very high doses, it would be difficult to replicate the results simply by seasoning your foods. Not to mention, this is a great way to get the health benefits conveniently and/or if you are not a fan of the taste!

Currently on BOGOF for £11.

 

Biswas, J., Sinha, D., Mukherjee, S., Roy, S., Siddiqi, M. and Roy, M. (2010). Curcumin protects DNA damage in a chronically arsenic-exposed population of West Bengal. Human & Experimental Toxicology, 29(6), pp.513-524.

About the Author

Savannah Westerby. BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Instagram: @savannahwesterby

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