Limiting soreness is key to any successful training program.
Whether it’s in-season or offseason, fatigued broken down muscles can stop you from performing at your highest level.
So what do most athletes reach for? Overpriced supplements, big inflatable boots, or the newest trend in muscle synthesizers.
But one supplement most athletes often overlook is simple to take, cheap to buy and has been proven for years to be effective in reducing inflammation. Turmeric.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. Today science has started to back up past claims through studies that show turmeric’s medicinal properties.
Turmeric falls within the ginger family. Ancient medicine used turmeric for its anti inflammatory properties treating conditions like bruises, chest pain and all types of hemorrhaging.
The medicinal proteins within turmeric is called curcumin, which is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory and one of the strongest antioxidants known to man.
Turmeric for Athletes
Every athlete knows the dual effects of pushing themselves a little too hard in an offseason workout, or getting beaten up in a hard fought game. You feel exhausted but euphoric at the same time only to have the residual soreness within the next 48 hours. DOMs (delayed onset soreness) is the muscle soreness or fatigue that follows after an intense workout. It has recently been shown that turmeric is a great weapon to combat that feeling.
The European Journal of Applied Physiology did a study showing that taking an oral dose of curcumin twice daily reduced DOMs-related muscle fatigue after a lower-body workout in healthy men. The study also concluded that the turmeric supplement can be taken orally in pill form or simply use a serving in your cooking. Along with reducing pain and inflammation of the muscles, the test subjects who took the daily supplement also improved in athletic performance versus the placebo group.
How to use it
Per the study, turmeric can be taken in many different ways and no single consumption method yields greater results. Personally, I add 1 ½ tsp of ground turmeric to water twice a day with different additives.
Daily Anti Inflammatory Drink
- 2 cups water
- ½ juice from lemon
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 serving Athletic Greens, or green powder of your choice
- 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
I’ll drink this concoction once a day, and try to add in turmeric to plain water or in my cooking. This has turned me onto some different Indian and Chinese cuisine that I have grown to love!