Professional athletes and those who have a highly active lifestyle push their bodies to the limit. Strenuous exercise and athletic activity may lead to chronic problems such as pain and inflammation. That is why these individuals often turn to natural supplements in helping their bodies heal faster.

One such supplement that is gaining quite significant attention is turmeric. Typically consumed as a turmeric drink, tea, or in pill form, this herb is a key component of Ayurveda.

How is turmeric used in boosting the health and performance of athletes?

New research on the medicinal properties of turmeric is aimed at determining how the spice can help athletes recover. Turmeric is well-known for its supposed anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it a valuable supplement should these properties be confirmed through clinical trials.

In any athletic activity, inflammation is the body’s natural response to stress. When your muscles are painful, it means that the tissue is undergoing repair. But the repetitive process of inflammation and stress may eventually lead to cell damage or aggravated conditions like arthritis. As such, consuming natural supplements like Turmeric may help reduce the pain and trauma caused by repetitive inflammation and physical stress.

Another presumed property of turmeric is that it is high in antioxidants which are responsible for helping fight free radicals that damage the cells. When the body can heal faster, it ultimately leads to faster recovery. The athlete can proceed with training consistently, and at higher intensities if necessary.

What is the recommended turmeric consumption for athletes?

According to a recent scientific study, consuming 1 gram of Turmeric every day for at least eight weeks may reduce the symptoms of inflammation. The result is compared with taking Ibuprofen, a synthetic drug. However, the studies conducted to determine the efficacy of turmeric are based on ingesting curcumin in supplement form. There is no conclusive evidence that consuming turmeric in regular food and drink may lead to the same result. Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is also best absorbed by the body when it is combined with either fat or black pepper.

What is the best way to include turmeric in your diet?

If you are thinking about adding turmeric as part of your health regimen, there are many supplements available online and in stores. You can easily find ground turmeric in the spice section of supermarkets, in case you prefer to prepare your turmeric concoction. There are recipes for turmeric-based dishes and drinks which are not only healthy but delicious ways to incorporate the spice in your diet.

However, for a serious sports enthusiast or professional athlete who wants to drink turmeric as an anti-inflammatory supplement, it is best to buy it in pill form or as concentrated turmeric shots. This way, the body can easily absorb curcumin, which may help in reducing pain and symptoms of inflammation.

As a general precaution, it is always recommended to consult a physician before trying any new alternative medication or supplement. Turmeric may be counter-indicative to some synthetic medicine you are taking, or you may exhibit sensitivity or allergies to the product.

Author's Bio: 

Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media enthusiast.