Curcumin has been subjected to some rigorous testing for over half a century. It appears that its effects are so diverse that in addition to managing inflammation, the benefits affect practically every organ system in the body!
Here are the findings from studies showing the health benefits of curcumin:
- Relieves the discomfort of post-exercise DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent without inhibiting muscle growth as many others do.
- Mildly increases testosterone levels in men, exhibits anti-aromatase properties.
- Reduces body fat, increases insulin sensitivity.
- Controls cortisol levels.
- Helps prevent muscle loss (catabolism) during diets or during times when you can’t train.
- Helps enhance cardiovascular health and protects arteries.
- Supports healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range.
- Improves sexual health.
- Decreases oxidative stress caused by common food pesticides.
- Improves gut health.
But Not All Curcumin Supplements Work
Many curcumin supplements don’t contain a standardized formulation, meaning sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. The amount of curcumin in a typical dosage can be wildly inconsistent and low potency. Many curcumin products also have low bioavailability rates. So in a nutshell, not all supplements are created equally. And your response to curcumin could be different to others. And as curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric you could just get some turmeric and grate it into food, protein shake etc.
Content for this post was taken from an article on the t-nation website.