5 Ways Turmeric Supports Your Fitness Goals

Turmeric, an ancient golden root hailed for its potent anti-inflammatory properties seems to keep surprising us with its endless benefits. Turmeric can be especially beneficial for athletes and exercise enthusiasts looking to supercharge their fitness levels.

Here are 5 ways turmeric can support your fitness goals:

1. Eases muscle pain and protects joints

Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to curcumin, help heal tired muscles. As we workout, our muscles undergo micro-tearing before it forms back together as a stronger muscle. This process can be painful, especially for unfit individuals who do too much too soon, or when suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of exercise.

This is where turmeric comes in, the anti-inflammatory benefits that curcumin brings help to ease the onset of exercise-induced muscle inflammation. 

A double benefit as well is turmeric’s ability to protect joints. As we exercise, our joints undergo impact from various types of movement. Prolonged joint stress without the proper time for recovery can leave us injured. Turmeric helps to protect joints by easing inflammation and stiffness caused by exercise impact.

Promotes faster recovery

2. Promotes faster recovery

Did you know that when you work out, your body naturally produces more free radicals amidst the physical strain? 

Taking turmeric before and after a workout, especially a strenuous one, is a great way to support your body and fitness goals because it helps to counter the free radicals your body produces. The flood of antioxidants help your body recover faster, making you ready and stronger for the next workout. 

Mental Health

3. Mental Health

Taking turmeric has the mental benefit of uplifting your mood. This is especially beneficial for people who are just starting their fitness journey and are struggling with keeping motivated and consistent with an exercise routine. 

As we know, inflammation has been linked to causing depression. Getting into a fitness routine is especially difficult when life has you feeling down. Turmeric can help alleviate depression induced by inflammation and may give you that added spark of a calm and positive attitude to get you exercising. Bonus points as well as turmeric’s feel-good benefits complement the natural endorphin-high you get from exercise. 

Hormone Balance

4. Hormone Balance

For women, turmeric can be especially beneficial in staying consistent with a fitness routine. PMS and other hormonal pain can leave women feeling like lying down and going through the motions of PMS for up to a week. Not the best way to achieve fitness goals if you stop for a week at a time each month. 

Turmeric was found to greatly reduce PMS symptoms ranging from menstrual migraines, bloating, acne, cramps, and depressive moods. This is thanks to turmeric’s endless spectrum of anti-inflammatory benefits as well as it’s natural ability to uplift moods. Women who want to keep up a consistent exercise routine may find it easier by incorporating turmeric into their diet or supplement routine, especially a few days before and during their PMS days. 

Boosts DHA production

5. Boosts DHA production

A lesser known benefit of Turmeric is its ability to boost DHA production in our body. Usually consumed through dietary means such as fish oil, curcumin helps our body synthesize its own DHA. 

While DHA has a host of benefits beyond fitness, it’s particularly beneficial for athletes as DHA helps protect athletes from exercise-induced asthma. Taking curcumin regularly throughout your fitness journey has the ability to promote healthier lung function, which is essential for fitness goals such as endurance and explosive power. 

Try these great pre or post-workout drinks smoothies featuring turmeric!

Orange & Turmeric Smoothie:

·         1 banana

·         ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

·         100g frozen mango

·         150 ml orange juice

Immune Boosting Turmeric shot:

·         Juice of 1 orange

·         ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

·         Pinch of cayenne pepper

·         1 teaspoon honey

Golden Smoothie

·         150 ml coconut milk

·         ½ teaspoon ground turmeric 

·         1 banana

·         4 tablespoons oats

Whether you’re taking turmeric pre or post workout, the idea is to give your body a boost of antioxidants to help with keeping you mentally ready for exercise, promote faster recovery and to keep your joints and muscles protected as you push yourselves to your fitness goals. Let the magic of this little root help you achieve the fitness level you want while keeping you as healthy as possible. 

Have you experienced the life-changing benefits of Turmeric? Try our Turmeric capsules which contain organic turmeric and are supercharged with Ginger and Bioperine, bioenhancers, which help you better absorb all the goodness turmeric has to offer. 

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