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Turmeric Improves Recovery In Professional Soccer Players, Study Suggests


Researchers at Nottingham Trent University found that drinking a 60ml turmeric drink twice a day allowed players to return to their pre-game fitness faster than those who did not.

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Obtained from the rhizomes of the Curcuma longa plant, turmeric powder is used extensively in South Asian cooking and food preservation. Due to its proven medicinal properties, turmeric is also used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, liver disorders, muscle sprains, joint pains, and wound healing.

The most abundant natural phenol present in turmeric is curcumin, which gives the spice its yellow color. Over the past few decades, curcumin has been extensively studied to evaluate its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune modulation properties.

Curcuminoid compounds help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system by improving the viscosity of blood and reducing plaque formation in the arteries. Recent studies show that curcumin helps maintain cholesterol levels by reducing low-density cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels. It can also reverse insulin resistance in the early stages of diabetes and, in synergy with vitamin D, reduce the amyloid plaques that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

To learn more about the health protective effects of turmeric and curcumin, see this article on our website.