A 5-Minute Guide to Turmeric For Athletes
Is turmeric a magical super spice or just the latest food fad?
It has played a major role in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and now it’s showing up in supermarkets and research journals worldwide.
If you like Indian food, you’ve probably been eating turmeric regularly.
It’s a main ingredient in curry, and it gives mustard its golden color. It’s closely related to ginger and has a bitter flavor.
Research on its health benefits is still in the early stages, but evidence is building for some popular claims.
If you like natural products that can enhance your wellbeing, look at what turmeric can do for you.
Benefits of Turmeric
1. Reduce inflammation.
Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that it controls arthritis pain as well as ibuprofen.
2. Strengthen bones.
Certain forms of turmeric may even help preserve bone mass. Current research shows a lot of promise in this area – which is a great sign for athletes looking for more natural solutions to joint and bone health!
3. Manage cholesterol.
Some experts already recommend turmeric for lowering unhealthy LDL cholesterol and increasing healthy HDL cholesterol. It’s especially helpful with a diet low in saturated fats and high in soluble fiber.
4. Get rid of that pesky cold.
Do you have a cold that won’t go away? Turmeric may relieve symptoms such as runny noses and congestion.
5. Treat mental issues like depression & anxiety.
Turmeric also shows promise for managing depression. That’s because mood disorders may involve inflammation as well as changes in brain chemicals.
Ways to Use Turmeric
1. Boost digestion.
Unfortunately, our bodies are not very effective at absorbing turmeric. You can aid digestion by consuming it with black pepper and fatty foods like oil.
2. So fresh and so clean!
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, turmeric may make your skin look and feel younger. Check labels to find turmeric in soap and cosmetics or find recipes online for making your own products.
3. Sports nutrition and performance.
It’s also great as nature’s all-natural anti-inflammatory – reducing the friction on your bones and joints will allow you to do what you love, longer … without risk of injury!
Keys To Remember
1. Go natural.
There appears to be little risk when you use turmeric in the traditional ways. That includes eating it, drinking it, and applying it to your skin. You can add turmeric to salad dressings and scrambled eggs or sip it like tea. Keep in mind that even a little turmeric can stain your skin bright orange.
2. It’s great for athletes.
Athletes put a lot of wear and tear on their bodies. Using Turmeric as a supplement in a sound nutrition plan can help heal injuries and also help prevent new injuries that come with overuse and wear and tear.
While turmeric needs to be studied further, early evidence suggests that it’s safe and beneficial for reducing inflammation and helping to relieve related conditions such as osteoarthritis.