Turmeric is everywhere in the wellness world right now, with Instagram worthy, bright yellow turmeric lattes, shots and teas suddenly popping up on the menus of all our favourite healthy lunch and coffee spots. But what is it that makes turmeric so beneficial that even Olympic physiotherapists are advising their athletes to add this superfood into their diet? We are here to give you the low down on this golden spice in all of its Olympian-worthy glory.
Turmeric has impressive anti-inflammatory properties
This mighty spice contains curcumin, a compound which helps to control inflammation and swelling. Repetitive training causes trauma to the body, but by dosing up on turmeric you can offset damage and prevent painful, long term inflammation.
Recovery will be faster and less painful
Turmeric will help speed up recovery after a sweaty workout. Studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric improves the bodies ability to repair muscles after exercise, meaning you might actually be able to walk after even the toughest of spin classes.
You won’t have to worry about any side effects
Whilst proving in a recent study to be more effective for inflammation relief than aspirin and ibuprofen, Turmeric boasts absolutely no known side effects meaning no worrying about feeling groggy or having a sore tummy.
Turmeric fights free radicals
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can damage our DNA, proteins and lipids which can lead to cell damage in the body. But don’t panic, the chemical structure of turmeric makes it the perfect antioxidant to neutralise these nasty free radicals and keep you feeling fit and healthy.
Turmeric supports your body’s ability to take in antioxidants
As well as protecting your body from damage and disease, the curcumin in turmeric helps to stimulate our existing antioxidant enzymes, boosting their activity and
It boosts brain activity, keeping you focused on getting the gold
Feeling like you can’t stay focused or motivated throughout your workout? Turmeric might be what you need. The curcumin compound in turmeric has been proven to increase the body’s levels of BDNF, the brain hormone which encourages neuron growth and supports healthy brain function.
We recommend adding black pepper with your turmeric, whether that be in your curry, latte or juice! The properties in black pepper makes the curcumin in turmeric more ‘bioavailable’ which means it improves the body’s ability to absorb all the good stuff and get you feeling instantly on top of your game.
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