Forget The Foam Roller…Turmeric May Be The Solution to Your Sore, Achy Muscles

August 12, 2018

Crushing a tough workout in the gym is a great feeling. However, there is nothing “great” about the intense (and often inevitable) soreness you’ll feel the next morning. Simple every day tasks such as vacuuming or driving become painful and nearly impossible when your muscles and joints are sore. Stretching, foam rolling, and yoga are popular ways to help reduce body soreness, but recently a new superfood has come into the spotlight with its ability to eliminate pain and inflammation: turmeric. The vast antioxidant properties of turmeric have been proven to ease delayed on-set muscle soreness associated with physical activity.

What Exactly Is Turmeric?

Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a root that is native to Southeast Asia and is closely related to ginger. Usually sold in powdered form, it is used as a spice and is a common ingredient in curry powders due to it’s smoky, almost bitter taste. Bright yellow curcuminoids found in turmeric give curry dishes, and even mustards, their  color. Turmeric is highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine for its array of health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

Turmeric’s Ability to Relieve Pain

Turmeric can be used in place of drugs such as Advil or ibuprofen to diminish inflammation in the joints and mild pain in the muscles. In fact, multiple studies show that participants who received an oral supplement of curcumin before physical activity had less severe side effects of delayed on-set muscle soreness than participants who did not. Curcumin has the ability to quickly repair damaged or torn muscles, which is good news for the gym junkie. Adding turmeric to your daily diet can shorten your recovery time and help you feel your best during a work out session.

 

Turmeric is a clear choice for someone looking to naturally reduce their muscle tenderness and achy joint pain. Whether you add powdered turmeric to your rice or make a glass of golden milk, incorporating turmeric into your diet is simple and delicious….and your sore body will surely thank you!

 

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