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Curcumin May Ease Post-Workout Pain, Boost Performance

One thing that stops people from working out is post-workout pain, called delayed onset muscle soreness. A recent study suggests that curcumin supplements may lower pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness as well as improve workout performance.

Participants in the study included 17 men who were given 5 grams of curcumin or a placebo two days before and three days after a performance test. The trial period was followed by a two-week washout period, after which the men switched interventions.

In order to assess post-workout pain, the participants completed single-leg squats, gluteal stretches, and squat jumps. The researchers found that the curcumin supplement was associated with moderate to large reductions in post-workout pain one and two days after the performance test. They also noted a 15% increase in single-leg jump performance. They did not, however, note any changes in inflammation in the participants.

There were no adverse side effects recorded with the curcumin supplements, which were developed by the researchers.

Researchers from SportsMed Canterbury and Massey University, both in New Zealand, as well as the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia, conducted the study. It was published in the August 2015 issue of the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that gives it its distinct yellow color. Other recent studies have suggested curcumin  may also improve joint health, cognitive function, and boost immune and blood sugar health. For the most part, these benefits have been attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.

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

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