Benefits of Curcumin in Turmeric

Turmeric has been used as a medicinal herb as well as a tasty addition to recipes for a very long time. The medicinal benefits of Turmeric come from the polyphenol, Curcumin, which has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The medical world has really started to research into Curcumin and how it can help in our day to day lives, the paper below gives an overview of the current findings…

“Research suggests that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and subsequent performance in active people. In addition, a relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.”

Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health, Susan J. Hewlings and Douglas S. Kalman, Foods. 2017 Oct; 6(10): 92. Published online 2017 Oct 22. doi: 10.3390/foods6100092

Mike at The Aggressive Health Shop summarised a few of these benefits below

Curcumin can make PMS Symptoms & Period Pain More Bearable
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Researchers evaluated the effects of curcumin on these symptoms in a placebo study published in Neuropeptides in 2016. The scientists also measured levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in blood samples, reduces PMS symptoms. The curcumin group had elevated levels compared to those who took the dummy capsules. Curcumin’s anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties likely help humans get through the cramping and bleeding stage of the cycle.

Improves Muscle Damage & Soreness During Exercise Recovery
Some studies have shown a lower post exercise pain score compared to placebo groups.

May Improve Exercise Stamina & Performance
Researchers theorise that curcumin’s ability to raise glycogen levels in muscles can help improve stamina. There aren’t any good human clinical trials yet. However, there was a study of middle-age women with osteoarthritis that ran for eight months. They took a twice daily dose of 500mg curcumin that was chemically bound to phosphatidylcholine, which may also affect exercise stamina. These women more than quadrupled their distance in treadmill tests (445% increase) compared to before they used the supplement. A group that took a placebo almost doubled their distance (89% increase). Some percentage of the result was pain reduction from the osteoarthritis, so they weren’t entirely testing for normal exercise tolerance.

Relieves Pain & Improves Daily Functions in Osteoarthritis Patients
Curcumin is well-known for reducing inflammation-related pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory and autoimmune condition that attacks bones and joints. Most studies of curcumin’s effects on osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms focus on OA of the knee and pain scores. If you have been diagnosed with either type of arthritis – or you suspect you’re arthritic – talk to your doctor before introducing new supplements.

This article is no substitute for professional medical advice from your personal physician.”

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