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Physical Fitness and Curcumin

Posted by Simran Bal on

Given the current office environment that we are used to working in, subjected to tremendous stress and prolonged sitting, exercising on a routine basis has become a necessity.

Staying physically active not only keeps you in good shape, daily exercise, or working out at least three times a week also keeps your mentally alert and happier in comparison to how we feel all day, subjected to a sedentary lifestyle.

However, a regular workout routine also has its own pros and cons. While we are all very well aware of the benefits of staying fit, let’s take a look some of the amazing benefits of exercising once again, shall we?

  • Daily exercise keeps heart related risks at bay
  • Chances of having a stroke get reduced
  • Oxygen carrying capacity of our lungs is improved
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Blood glucose levels get regulated and the risk of diabetes is lowered
  • Stress and anxiety levels get reduced
  • Weight management
  • Better and healthier sleep
  • Good prevention against osteoarthritis

With all these benefits that exercising and fitness regime brings along, there’s an important factor that we need to keep in mind, and yet ignore it more often than not: every time we exercise, we are hurting our body, and we need to make sure our body recovers properly before we resume our fitness routine.

While there are some pains that go away gradually, there are certain types of muscle soreness which, if ignored, can turn quite grotesque.

Given all these kinds of pains and aches, such as cramps, weak muscles, sore muscles, and the regular post workout pain, it is really important for us to ensure a good recovery so that we can move forward towards our fitness goal without putting unnecessary toll on our body. While “Sound mind in a sound body” is considered a cliché by many, you just can’t ignore the truthfulness this idea holds.

Now it’s time to address the elephant in the room: How can curcumin help in staying fit?

Curcumin works wonders for the body because it treats inflammation and muscle soreness on the cellular level. To get a clear picture of how curcumin helps, let’s take a look at how it works.

Given its anti-oxidant properties, curcumin prevents formation of oxygen free radicals and in turn reduces the inflammatory response, leading to lesser pain.

Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory properties, and blocks the NF-kB molecule. This particular molecule activates the inflammatory genes when it enters the nuclei of cells, resulting in excruciating pain. Since curcumin blocks this molecule, it also reduces the inflammation and the resulting pain.

Apart from this, curcumin also restrains secretion of the three primary inflammatory mediators; COX-2 (cyclooxygenase), LOX (lipoxygenase) and iNOS (inducible nitric oxide). By blocking the secretion of these three mediators, curcumin helps in alleviating pain due to muscle soreness and fatigue.

Curcumin has also shown its efficacy in improving muscle mobility, muscle regeneration and has reported a tremendous improvement in post workout recovery in lesser time. Taking curcumin before workout has shown better muscle recovery and also better prevention of muscle fatigue and damage.