STUDY: A Pinch of Turmeric as Effective as an Hour of Exercise

Exercising is the crucial component of having a fit body. But, recent
studies indicate that turmeric extract is also beneficial for
maintaining cardiovascular health. It is especially beneficial in women
who are facing age-related negative changes in the arteries.

While conventional medicine denies turmeric’s health benefits and
doctors avoid recommending it to their patients, number of studies
indicate that turmeric provides great effects in cases of cardiovascular
diseases.

According to last year’s study by the American Journal of Cardiology,
turmeric extract reduces the heart attacks after bypass by 56%. The
study supports a previous 2012 study according to which curucmin is
proven to be effective in improving the vascular function in women after
menopause similar to aerobic training.

Another study published in journal Nutrition Research included 32 women
after menopause and lasted for 8 weeks. They were divided in 3 groups:
curcumin, exercise and non-treatment control.

The researchers examined the health of the inner lining of the blood
vessels which is known as endothelium by using ultrasound to measure the
flow-mediated arterial dilation which shows the arterial elasticity and
endothelial function.

If there were changes in the inner lining of the blood vessels, they’d
lead to development of atherosclerosis. So, to prevent the mortality due
to heart diseases, we need an effective solution to reduce, prevent or
reverse the endothelial dysfunction.

The first group that was given 150g turmeric extract every day for 8
weeks which equals 25 g of nanoparticle curcumin, didn’t make any diet
changes and didn’t exercise.

The second group of women had additional training at home besides the
2-3 supervising trainings. They were also riding a bike and walking for
30-60 long minutes. During the first phase of the training, 60% of the
participants had maximal heart rate and 70-75% maximal heart rate later.

The researchers found an increased flow-mediated dilution in the curcumin and exercise group so they stated:

“The present study showed that regular ingestion of curcumin or regular
aerobic exercise training significantly improved endothelial function.
The magnitude of improvement in endothelial function to the same extent,
suggesting that curcumas may prevent the age-associated decline in
endothelial function in postmenopausal women.”

Still, note that neither turmeric nor any other supplement should
replace regular exercising, but extra workout cannot replace the
turmeric’s role in maintaining the health and preventing diseases. The
best thing to do is combine them both.

In another study co conducted by the same researchers in 2012 and
published in the American Journal of Hypertension, they researched the
combined effect of exercise and curcumin together in women after
menopause and the way this combination improves the heart muscle stress
tolerance.

The findings promoted that “regular endurance exercise combined with
daily curcumin ingestion may reduce LV [left ventricular] afterload to a
greater extent than monotherapy with either intervention alone in
postmenopausal women.”

Chronic heightened left ventricular afterload is linked to aortic valve
disease and high blood pressure and can lead to pathological hypertrophy
of the area. That’s why the concludes that the best effects are
achieved by the combining turmeric and exercising.

Furthermore, this combination also decreased osteoarthritis symptoms
meaning it is extremely beneficial in cases of pain and inflammation
after workout.

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