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Curcumin – “superhero” in your diet!

By reading the title of the entry, you certainly do not hide your surprise. Why has it been found that curcumin (a tumeric active compound) is a supplement that is called a superhero? Has anabolic powers or protects significantly muscle tissue? If so, why have not you heard about it yet?

Scientific research has determined that curcumin has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it should be in the first line of defense of your health when an injury or an infection develops in your body. What’s more, curcumin increases the production capacity of testosterone in the body, while ensuring that the aromatase enzyme does not show significant activity and does not convert testosterone into a less-favorable hormone – estrogen. In addition, curcumin is a compound that affects health aspects such as strengthening the cardiovascular system and limits the development of the prostate gland. Scientific sources also confirm its action supporting slimming, as well as the fight against some viruses.

However, all these aspects concerned health rather than strict support in building a sports form. As it turns out, the addition of curcumin in the diet may contribute to the more efficient work of the muscle by increasing its ability to generate energy as well as accelerated regeneration.

The only limitation of the study is the fact that it was made to order by a company located in India, besides, the test was done on rats. It should be noted that curcumin currently is not protected by any patent, i.e. performing tests that state vaguely that a given substance is simply active and useful in sports, it seems to be trustworthy. Nevertheless, common sense tells us that some goal in this type of research had to exist. Perhaps in the future, researchers will seek to patent this type of extract.

What’s more, there are a lot of scientific publications that testify to the pro-health activity of curcumin, so duplication of this type of publication would rather go against the goal, so maybe this time the scientists just wanted to explore its operation from a different angle?

How did the test work?
Researchers chose a group of 28 rats, divided into four groups:

-the control rats did not make any additional efforts, they were fed with the standard diet
-rats that did not train, receiving curcumin
-training rats, without the addition of curcumin in the diet
-rats training, receiving curcumin.

The dose that rats received per human equivalent was about 1000-1250 mg. After the endurance test, which consisted in keeping the rats as long as possible on the pool surface, the authors of the study drew the following conclusions:

Rats that trained and consumed curcumin had much better strength. The conclusion is not surprising, however, the way in which this type of change has taken place is interesting. Turmeric caused a lower concentration of glucose and lactic acid. What’s more, insulin sensitivity increased, which made the rats use sugar more effectively in the group where curcumin was used and less tired. All markers associated with fatigue and muscle damage were reduced.

How to use supplementation with curcumin?

As suggested by the study, the optimal dose, which acted on rats, was within 1250 mg of regular turmeric, which should be taken in the morning. Due to the fact that turmeric is poorly absorbed, it is recommended to use it in the presence of piperine, which improves the use of the supplement.

If we buy a standardized preparation for the amount of curcuminoids, we have to look at it to be around 95%, then 600 mg of the preparation should be taken daily because this amount will translate into effective biological activity.

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