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Curcumin May Ease Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness

Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS occurs when your muscles are rebuilding after a strenuous workout. A recent study suggests that taking a curcumin extract after exercising may reduce DOMS in active adults.

Participants in the study included 20 moderately active men who took 1 gram of a proprietary curcumin extract containing 200 mg curcumin or a placebo twice a day for a total of four days. The men started taking the supplement 48 hours before conducting a downhill running test and then continued to take it for 24 hours after the test.

At the conclusion of the study, the curcumin group reported less lower limb pain when compared with the placebo group, but only in the right and left anterior thighs. They also had lower increases in markers of muscle damage and inflammation.

Researchers from the Olympic Training Center in Barcelona, Spain, the Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, the University of Barcelona, and the University of Illes Balears in Spain conducted the study. It was published on June 18, 2014, in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Curcumin has been used in folk remedies for years to ease menstrual cramping, help heal wounds, and to improve the appearance of skin. Recent studies have suggested that it may also protect against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis. All of these benefits are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.

Yellow curry is a great source of curcumin, but if your stomach can’t handle curry or you don’t care for Indian food, considering taking a high quality supplement.

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