The Benefits of Turmeric

…and the science explained

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Turmeric’s Secret Weapon

There is an active compound found in turmeric called curcumin, which is the main source of most of its benefits. There are over 6000 peer-reviewed studies on it’s powerful effects on the human body. We extract curcumin from specially selected turmeric roots and make sure you are truly able to experience the power of this amazing root.

Detox

Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body.

One of its functions is detoxification, helping to clear toxins from your blood. When the liver is supported through the use of curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric Sports, it can help to detox the blood, reduce inflammation, and prevent internal blood clotting.

When your liver is healthy and functioning properly, it gets rid of toxins effectively, so you feel more energised.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center and numerous other studies, curcumin stimulates production of bile by the gallbladder. The liver uses bile to eliminate toxins; bile also rejuvenates liver cells that breakdown harmful compounds. For this reason, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat digestion and liver disorders.

Sources:

Agarwal, R., Goel, S. K., & Behari, J. R. (2010). Detoxification and antioxidant effects of curcumin in rats experimentally exposed to mercury. J. Appl. Toxicol. Journal of Applied Toxicology. doi:10.1002/jat.1517

Lee, Hwa-Young, Seung-Wook Kim, Geum-Hwa Lee, Min-Kyung Choi, Han-Wool Jung, Young-Jun Kim, Ho-Jeong Kwon, and Han-Jung Chae. “Turmeric Extract and Its Active Compound, Curcumin, Protect against Chronic CCl4-induced Liver Damage by Enhancing Antioxidation.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine BMC Complement Altern Med 16.1 (2016): n. pag. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Ghorbani, Zeinab, Masoomeh Hajizadeh, and Azita Hekmatdoost. “Dietary Supplementation in Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease: A Review on Current Evidence.” Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International 15.4 (2016): 348-60. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

“P224: Curcumin Protects against Liver Fibrosis in Mice by Attenuating Infiltration of the Gr1 Hi Monocytes through Inhibition of Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1.” Journal of Viral Hepatitis J Viral Hepat 22 (2015): 133-34. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Kumar, Santosh. “Faculty of 1000 Evaluation for Curcumin Alleviates Lipopolysaccharide Induced Sepsis and Liver Failure by Suppression of Oxidative Stress-related Inflammation via PI3K/AKT and NF-κB Related Signaling.” F1000 – Post-publication Peer Review of the Biomedical Literature (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Boost Metabolism

According to peer-reviewed research from leading universities, curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric Sports, may be one of the most powerful substances when it comes to healthy fat loss.

A bounty of new research is now hitting the limelight that demonstrates how this powerful spice can actually serve to combat unwanted fat by conquering insulin resistance and blood glucose levels alike.

The fat-vanquishing nature of curcumin (the compound within turmeric that is responsible for most of its benefits) has even generated significant interest within the mainstream medical establishment.

In a study from the Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Medicine, it was found that curcumin can even ‘counter’ the negative effects of a ‘junk food’ diet.

Amazingly, the study found that curcumin (once again, a compound within turmeric found in extracts and the food itself) consumption directly decreased levels of insulin resistance and leptin resistance — two factors heavily linked to fat gain. In the conclusion of the research, study authors state:

“By diminishing the sediment of fat, relaxing the lymphatic return, and refraining the apoptosis of beta cells, the curcumin might significantly decrease the level of insulin resistance and leptin resistance caused by the high fat diet.”

More than 13 other peer-reviewed studies have also reached similar conclusions, finding that turmeric intake is directly associated with increased healthy fat loss and decreased insulin issues. What’s more, the spice does not come with the harsh side effects that come along with the use of historically-dangerous diet drugs.

Sources:

Song, Zhenfeng, Huan Wang, Lin Zhu, Mingbao Han, Yuan Gao, Yu Du, and Ying Wen. “Curcumin Improves High Glucose-induced INS-1 Cell Insulin Resistance via Activation of Insulin Signaling.” Food Funct. 6.2 (2015): 461-69. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Lin, Jianguo, and Anping Chen. “M1576 Curcumin Suppresses Insulin-Induced Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation By Interrupting Insulin Signaling and Attenuating Oxidative Stress.” Gastroenterology 134.4 (2008): n. pag. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Lin, Jianguo, Shizhong Zheng, and Anping Chen. “Curcumin Attenuates the Effects of Insulin on Stimulating Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation by Interrupting Insulin Signaling and Attenuating Oxidative Stress.” Lab Invest Laboratory Investigation 89.12 (2009): 1397-409. Web.

Recover Faster

Curcumin repairs the muscles, lowers inflammation and gets you back on your feet and off to your next adventure.

Right after a tough workout, you feel exhausted but great — even euphoric — but soon after you’re resigned to the couch, muscles aching with soreness, and held captive by bags of frozen peas.

That pain, which sets in after unfamiliar or high-intensity exercise, is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.

Dozens of studies, including a recent study from the European Journal of Applied Physiology has found curcumin to be a great way to beat post-workout soreness.

In the study, researchers gave 17 men either an oral curcumin supplement (2.5 grams) or a placebo twice daily for two to three days. Next, participants were evaluated on how they responded after doing a single-leg press exercise designed to induce muscle soreness. Each participant served as their own control, since they were given either the curcumin supplement or the placebo at different time periods, but they never knew which one they were given.

The researchers found that curcumin supplementation caused a decrease in DOMS-related leg-muscle pain symptoms. Curcumin also lowered a blood marker for muscle damage and even reduced inflammation. These results imply that curcumin may help with muscle repair. Curcumin supplementation could offer runners a way to halt the negative effects of DOMS and lead to improved training and performance, along with injury prevention.

Sources:

Mcfarlin, Brian K., Adam S. Venable, Andrea L. Henning, Jill N. Best Sampson, Kathryn Pennel, Jakob L. Vingren, and David W. Hill. “Reduced Inflammatory and Muscle Damage Biomarkers following Oral Supplementation with Bioavailable Curcumin.” BBA Clinical 5 (2016): 72-78. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Nicol, Lesley M., David S. Rowlands, Ruth Fazakerly, and John Kellett. “Curcumin Supplementation Likely Attenuates Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).”European Journal of Applied Physiology Eur J Appl Physiol 115.8 (2015): 1769-777. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Lower Stress

Learn how Curcumin has been found to reduce the negative effects of stress on our bodies and minds

If the goal is to achieve the state optimal performance, then improved sleep and reduced negative stress are exactly what we need.

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a nerve growth factor found in the brain and is naturally produced for neuron protection, new neuron growth and the creation of new synapses.

However, if you’re under a lot of constant stress (like most of us are) BDNF production is inhibited and your ability to evolve and grow as well as your mental alertness and overall health are negatively impacted.

Curcumin actually alleviates the effects of stress by blocking these stress-induced decreases in BDNF and even increasing BDNF levels.

Sources:

Kumar, Anil, and Anant Singh. “Possible Nitric Oxide Modulation in Protective Effect of (Curcuma Longa, Zingiberaceae) against Sleep Deprivation-induced Behavioral Alterations and Oxidative Damage in Mice.” Phytomedicine 15.8 (2008): 577-86. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Hurley, Laura L., Luli Akinfiresoye, Evaristus Nwulia, Atsushi Kamiya, Amol A. Kulkarni, and Yousef Tizabi. “Antidepressant-like Effects of Curcumin in WKY Rat Model of Depression Is Associated with an Increase in Hippocampal BDNF.”Behavioural Brain Research 239 (2013): 27-30. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Sleep Quality & Mental Performance

Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric Sports improves sleep, improves clarity, your mood and increases focus!

It’s pretty hard to overlook the mental benefits curcumin provides.

It seems impossible to achieve clarity, focus and gentle curiosity required to excel at any task be it competition or practice, while deprived of sleep and groggy.

Researchers have found that curcumin enhances brain chemicals such as noradrenalin and serotonin, and increases the production of dopamine. These normal chemicals in our body are known mood elevators.

Resulting in better sleep, less negative impact of stress, more clarity, better mood and increased focus!

Sources:

Kumar, Anil, and Anant Singh. “Possible Nitric Oxide Modulation in Protective Effect of (Curcuma Longa, Zingiberaceae) against Sleep Deprivation-induced Behavioral Alterations and Oxidative Damage in Mice.” Phytomedicine 15.8 (2008): 577-86. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

Hurley, Laura L., Luli Akinfiresoye, Evaristus Nwulia, Atsushi Kamiya, Amol A. Kulkarni, and Yousef Tizabi. “Antidepressant-like Effects of Curcumin in WKY Rat Model of Depression Is Associated with an Increase in Hippocampal BDNF.”Behavioural Brain Research 239 (2013): 27-30. Web. 4 Sept. 2016.

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