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Health Benefits Of Turmeric For Athletes

Athletes have been using various things to perform better in their field. They have known to use supplements and protein powder to gain muscles and energy drinks or sports drinks for recovery. However, in recent times various athletes have started using various spices including turmeric due to their health benefits. Turmeric is used in Pakistani and Indian dishes for bringing flavour to their food. Also because of its various health benefits. People add turmeric and pepper that not only delivers a great flavour, but is also good for health.

People in the subcontinent have been using turmeric for many years in their food and in case of injuries; turmeric milk helps in recovering from injuries and diseases like flu etc. Despite the fact that turmeric has been used in the subcontinent for many years; countries like the USA and the UK have just been discovering it. You can easily buy turmeric tea, turmeric milk (golden milk), turmeric lattes and coffees in the coffee shops and grocery stores of various countries. Due to physical stress and mental stress inflammation occurs and can at times cause exhaustion in an athlete.

Benefits Of Turmeric For Athletes:

Turmeric curcumin contains antioxidants and these antioxidants help remove damaging free radicals caused due to inflammation. Studies have found that turmeric reduces soreness and damage caused due to work outs that athletes do. Recovery from these workouts can mean that the athletes can perform better. They can also do intense training and work out which leads to an automatic better performance. Turmeric also helps athletes in reducing stress that they incur during work outs or training. Athletes have admitted to feeling less stressed during their training and work out routines while taking turmeric.  This is in comparison to the athletes who use supplements and etc.


Turmeric has also known to cure diseases caused due to inflammation such as joint arthritis. Testing of turmeric has been done on various animals and proves to cure joint arthritis. Moreover, use of Turmeric links with increasing muscular glycogen levels which are an important energy source for muscles. It also decreases the levels of ammonia, lactate and other harmful chemicals. Thus improving the performance of athletes. As females have extensive pain due to cramps during menstrual cycles, turmeric has been said to reduce this pain in female athletes enabling them to perform better. Turmeric slows down division of fat and hence stops obesity in athletes.

Other Benefits Of Turmeric:


Turmeric is a spice that has various benefits. Many brain diseases show linkage to the decreasing levels of hormones, these diseases include depression and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric delay’s and in many cases reverses brain diseases and age related brain damages. Turmeric can also benefit your memory as it improves your memory and also makes you smarter. As heart diseases are very common amongst people of age and young people as well; turmeric removes many steps that lead to heart diseases. It helps in improving the function of endothelium which is the lining of a human’s blood vessel.

It also helps prevent and in some cases cure the deadly disease; cancer. Studies state that turmeric is beneficial in cancer treatment and can stop cancer growth, development and spread. Despite the fact further studies  still need to be done on this matter, there are beliefs that high doses of turmeric (curcumin can act as a curing agent for cancer in humans. Turmeric also helps in curing depression. According to studies turmeric can be used as an antidepressant. A cause of depression is reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and turmeric is said boost BDNF levels, hence helping with depression.

Side Effects Of Turmeric:


While not many side effects are there for using turmeric however, some people feel nauseous, get an upset stomach and feel dizziness because of the use of turmeric. Turmeric can also be harmful to some extent when taken during pregnancies. If a person has gallbladder issues they should avoid using turmeric as it can worsen the situation. It may cause bruising and bleeding in people who have blood diseases as it is known for slowing down blood clotting. Furthermore, people with diabetes should avoid using turmeric as it lowers blood sugar.


Also, Turmeric may also make hormone sensitive problems worse as it contains a chemical called curcumin which might act like the hormone estragon. When taken by men by mouth, turmeric may lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement causing infertility in men. Turmeric  also slows or stops absorption of iron. Hence, people with iron deficiency should also use turmeric with caution. Turmeric may cause liver damage thus people at risk of liver damage should also avoid using turmeric. Also, people who have surgeries should stop the use of turmeric at least two weeks before their surgery as turmeric may slow down blood clotting and may cause excessive bleeding during surgeries.


Wrapping It Up


In conclusion, we have come across an alternative to synthetic drugs and steroids that enhance the performance of athletes, keeping in mind their competitive traits in comparison with their opponents. The all-natural supplement, turmeric, being safer, and thus containing no side effects could be the next best product to ensure a healthy lifestyle for an athlete. Turmeric based supplements are very beneficial because of their anti-inflammatory properties.


Various athletes who want to improve their performance and speed their recovery from injuries that they incur while in the field or while they are working out, have started using turmeric in their diets and in place of their supplements; which while being beneficial have many health hazards. People even opt for turmeric bioperine that researchers think is great. In order to stay healthy, physically fit and mentally fit athletes, people of other professions and students should use turmeric. It not only helps people physically, but helps them stay mentally fit and improves their memory. However, even while using turmeric people should talk to their doctors in order they have allergies or health issues that may get worse due to the use of turmeric.

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