Useful properties of turmeric and its use for sports

Herbs and spices are used for thousands of years, not only as a seasoning for food, but also as a medicine. Today such folk recipes rarely resorted, and more used as a seasoning or taken orally in the form of tablets, capsules or tinctures. Turmeric - one of those spices!


Turmeric has been used as a drug, as a food additive, and also in industrial applications as a natural colorant for textile and food industries. Of the many species, only three are used in cooking: turmeric, turmeric Curcuma zedoaria and flavorful. Also, these types of turmeric may be referred to under the name "Indian saffron" (not to be confused with real saffron). In Europe she came through the Arab merchants in the Middle Ages and was called Indian saffron.
Useful properties for runners

In turmeric contains curcumin, which is a very powerful antioxidant. Its main role - reducing inflammation.

If you actively run, you probably know what inflammation, and faced with this unpleasant physical phenomenon after challenging workouts almost every time. Usually, the inflammation is caused by the release of free radicals. Causes - diet, lifestyle, digestive problems and cardiovascular system, diabetes and chronic diseases. Intensive sports are also responsible for the production of free radicals. Free radicals adversely affect the biological membrane, and this slows down metabolism and reduces efficiency.

To resolve this problem, there are special drugs that are potent antioxidants, but they can be taken only if you painted welcome your doctor or trainer. This is usually done when really heavy loads. If you run three times a week for 5-10 km, drinking these drugs do not have to, in this case, you can resort to the healing properties of turmeric. If you are already taking any medication, then before you decide on the acceptance of tablets with turmeric, it is necessary to consult a doctor: in high doses, this spice is not so innocent!

Studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis of the knee, taking six weeks turmeric extract were able to minimize the pain sensation to such an extent that previously achieved reception of 800 mg of ibuprofen daily. This is due to all the same curcumin, which reduced the number of inflammatory compounds in the cells of the cartilage. These pills are sold over the counter, but if you are not sure that you have no contraindications, it is better to consult a doctor.

Another option - the tablet extract of turmeric with black pepper. Curcumin itself rather poorly absorbed by the body, and comes to the aid piperine contained in black pepper, which makes it more active substance.

Should not use turmeric for medicinal purposes to those who have stones in the gallbladder or bile duct clogged. Also, it is worth remembering that curcumin is a kind of amplifier and it should not be taken with certain medications, as it enhances their effect. For example, the effects of turmeric has already been installed on diabetes drugs that lower blood sugar. The combined use can lead to dizziness, fainting and even coma.
Dishes, which you can add turmeric

To be honest, if you want it, you can add almost anywhere. In the dough for buns, homemade noodles and lasagna. Just be sure to add a pilaf or rice with vegetables, soups with legumes (especially with red or yellow lentils) in fish and meat dishes!

Next post will do special and very tasty recipe with the addition of turmeric. ;)
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