Turmeric Benefits for Athletes
Curcumin is one of the most powerful natural compounds known today. Its effects are wide ranging and include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, anticancer agent, antidiabetic, antihypertensive and many other health benefits.
Turmeric’s curative properties have been well documented in numerous scientific studies. It is used in Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and traditional Indian medicine. Curcumin is a potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth.
Turmeric has been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase heart rate and improve circulation. It may even prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Curcumin has also been found to inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals such as mice, rats and monkeys.
Turmeric is also effective against some types of infections including colds, flu, bronchitis and tuberculosis. It has been reported to decrease the risk of developing certain cancers such as colon cancer and lung cancer.
Some research suggests that it might also protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is also helpful in treating diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2).
Turmeric is beneficial for reducing inflammation and improving immunity. It may help prevent and treat autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Turmeric also has analgesic and painkilling properties.
Here is more information on how turmeric can benefit athletes:
1. Turmeric is a painkiller and antiseptic agent used by athletes to treat sprains, wounds, cuts, bruises, aches and other pains.
2. Turmeric contains antioxidants that can prevent tissue damage and improve flexibility, especially in old age.
3. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that are very beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and similar inflammatory diseases.
4. Turmeric increases the brain’s resistance to toxins, which can protect the brain from harmful chemicals such as those found in pesticides.
5. Turmeric can prevent cells from absorbing certain toxins such as alcohol and other drugs.
6. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, reduces the risk of stroke by preventing platelets from clumping together and preventing blood clots.
7. Turmeric prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is known to cause heart disease.
8. Turmeric can treat peptic ulcers by killing the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that are associated with its development.
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