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How the Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Turmeric Benefit Athletes

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Fitness enthusiasts and athletes competing in various sports go through intensive physical activity that can cause significant strain to the body. Continuous strenuous physical exertion can result in health problems which can compromise the body’s performance causing these individuals to refrain from training.

Muscle soreness and inflammation are natural consequences of extensive workouts. Typically, athletes use anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen to combat the symptoms and alleviate pain. However, relying on such medication regularly may lead to possible side effects which are further detrimental to health. 

Natural remedy for muscle inflammation and soreness 

Inflammation is a crucial biological process that allows your body to fight harmful pathogens as well as repair damage. While the regular occurrence of inflammation is beneficial for the body’s recovery, it is however detrimental when the condition is already chronic as the body’s antibodies may start attacking tissue.

Many scientists also believe that in serious illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s, inflammation plays a significant role. Therefore, preventing chronic inflammation is essential in treating and preventing these diseases.

Turmeric naturally contains a compound known as Curcumin which is responsible for giving it its yellow colour. According to research, Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties which can be a natural remedy for such conditions.

Turmeric in supplement form 

Athletes today can take turmeric shots which contain enough Curcumin to help the body combat the adverse effects of inflammation and speed up the muscle recovery process. These shots are concentrated and specially formulated as a health supplement; thus, making it convenient for someone with a highly active lifestyle to drink regularly.

For anyone who does not suffer from chronic inflammation like athletes, turmeric may be ingested naturally through food. The main advantage of turmeric shots for athletes is that they contain enough Curcumin for enhanced benefits.

Incorporating turmeric in food and drinks

Although the health benefits of turmeric are highly publicised, many people are still intimidated by how to include it in their diets properly. The two common ways of ingesting turmeric are by drinking it in tea form or by using it as a natural spice and flavouring for food.

Turmeric tea is easy enough to prepare. For every four cups of boiling water, add a teaspoon of grated or ground turmeric. Allow the mixture to simmer for at least ten minutes, and you are ready to enjoy a home-made turmeric tea.

Turmeric is a popular seasoning and spice used in Indian cooking. But instead of making curries, you can use turmeric as a spice for potatoes and rice.

Medical professionals warn about the possible side effects of ingesting too much turmeric. Generally, it is non-toxic and safe to consume up to 12 grams of turmeric per day. Anything more could lead to an upset stomach. Turmeric in supplement or medicinal form may also have potential side effects for people on specific medication such as blood thinners. It is always recommended to check with your doctor if you can take turmeric supplements along with any medication you are taking for any kind of illness.

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Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223 ; https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-11-31

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