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7 Benefits of Turmeric for Joints, Pain and Recovery (Curcumin)

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7 Benefits of Turmeric for Joints, Pain and Recovery (Curcumin)

 Top 10 benefits for Joint, Pain and Recovery from just about anything including surgery, sports injury, accident, emotional and physical stress, sore back or neck, etc.* 

1. A Natural Anti-Inflammatory_Inflammation isn’t always a red bump. To put it simply inflammation is a natural defense of your body – it helps the body to heal naturally. The symptoms of that are swelling, redness and … inflammation of the area. This is most certainly OK and almost necessary when you have an injury that requires rest and recovery.  Turmeric/Curcumin is more potent than some anti-inflammatory drugs, and if it is close with natural vs. synthetic I choose natural everytime. Although the process isn’t yet well understood, the general consensus is that curcumin actually inhibits inflammation at the molecular level.  It doesn’t just prevent damage from chronic inflammation, it helps you to actually recover from and undo the damage.•

2. Helps Damaged Muscles Recover Faster_While the anti-inflammatory and protective properties of curcumin are pretty impressive, is it possible that this plant chemical can also promote and speed up the healing of a damaged tissue?  Recovery is an important cycle in your training regiment. Simply “not working out” is not an efficient way to restore what you’ve lost during a practice.  Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water and eat well and taking time off for recovery are a necessary evil when it comes to working out.  Combine Turmeric /Curcumin with Protease can improve muscle recovery and increased anti-oxidative activity and actually speed up the average recovery method.  At this point it’s important to point out that physical recovery is much tougher if your mind isn’t in the right place… and, indeed, Turmeric/Curcumin can help you there too.*

3. Better Sleep And Less Stress_It goes without saying that we cannot overlook the mental benefits that Turmeric/Curcumin provides. I’ve already talked about the importance of sleep for Recovery.  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, groggy and pumped on energy boosters. We might be able to do stupid things faster with a jolt from a Redbull, but that may not really be the goal. A lot of constant stress (perhaps induced by competition or injury) inhibits your ability to evolve and grow as well as your mental alertness and overall health can be negatively impacted. Turmeric/Curcumin actually alleviates the effects of stress by blocking stressors.  As far as sleep goes, Turmeric/Curcumin can actually reverse some of the symptoms associated with sleep deprivation (anxiety-like behavior and oxidative stress).*

4. Help Relieve Gas and/or Bloating_Turmeric/Curcumin has been shown to calm the digestive system, helping to relieve gas and bloating. In the recovery phase, the digestive system can become idle, creating a number of problems. Turmeric/Curcumin with an enzyme blend can offer great benefits.*

5. Stimulates Bile_Research studies have shown turmeric can stimulate the gallbladder and release bile. This bile helps the body break down and digest food. It also plays an important role in absorbing fats and certain nutrients.  Nutrition is critical in any Recovery situation.•

6. Powerful Antioxidant_Turmeric/Curcumin is an antioxidant that protects cells from the normal, but damaging, process of oxidation.  Preliminary cell studies suggest that the curcuminoids in turmeric promote a normal inflammatory response by inhibiting the expression of the COX-2 "pain" enzyme.•

7. Pain Assistance_Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory the effects of reduced inflammation create the side effect of reduced pain.  Even with arthritis studies, it was found most received significant relief in pain with the use of Turmeric/Curcumin with Black Pepper or Protease Enzyme blend.

 

 

Both the Turmeric and the Curcumin are difficult to activate in the body.  Another term used is that they are not bioavailable.  You would have to take large amounts of turmeric in order to get the amount needed for therapeutic effects.  There is a huge problem with taking turmeric over 1500mg.  Most turmeric is grown in soil with high levels of lead thus lead can be found in turmeric root.  Taking large amounts can have an adverse effect because of the lead content.  Taking smaller amounts of Turmeric is much safer.  In some Curcumin extracts, the lead has been removed.  This is where brand choice is critical.

There are 2 known ingredients that can drastically increase the bioavailability and at least one of them should be included in your supplement in order to utilize the medicinally properties of the Turmeric/Curcumin.  1. Black Pepper Extract.  The most commonly known and researched is trademarked as Bioperine®.  2. Enzyme Blends containing plant based Protease, Amylase, Lipase and Cellulase.  The enzymes act as the worker bees carrying the Turmeric/Curcumin to the areas of need.  The most used and researched is trademarked as BioCore®.  When taking Turmeric for acute reasons such as sore neck, sprain, surgery, etc. I highly recommend you get a Turmeric supplement that contains Curcumin and an enzyme blend with Protease.  This will significantly speed up the healing process while reducing pain and inflammation•

*The FDA has not approved these statements. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please seek medical advice before taking this or any other dietary supplement especially if you are pregnant, nursing, trying to conceive or are on any medication. Intended for adults over the age of 18. Store in a cool, dark place. Seek medical advice before taking this or any other supplement. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
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