Short ‘n’ healthful article:
Another day, another absurd food product. Today’s food (spice) has been hot for a while now, both in temperature and popularity. I am, of course, talking about turmeric. According to the superfoodies out there, if you’re not consuming turmeric on the regular, you’re not shit! More recently, those superfoodies have taken a particular interest in the effects of turmeric on exercise recovery. Personally I think that food products in isolation are overhyped and have minimal effect on health and exercise performance. Particularly considering most people haven’t got their diets or training regimes right in the first place. But opinions aside, I thought I would have a very brief look at the science on turmeric. So, this has led me to ask: should you forgo, or embrace that pre-exercise chicken tandoori?
As I am incredibly time poor at the moment, I’m only going to have a look at a single study. Sorry!
This study had half a group of younger gentlemen consume turmeric and the other half consume a similar placebo concoction, two days before and three days after heavily intense exercise. The group that consumed the turmeric reported less pain (approximately 2/10 less) during pain provoking tasks and a small improvement in jumping performance after exercise.
Is it healthful:
Although, I’m basing this on fairly low quality research, it appears turmeric consumption will likely enhance recovery from exercise – other “anti-inflammatory” foods appear to do the same. As usual, it’s not going to replace correct, periodised training or consuming a healthy diet, but it may be a useful adjunct. Particularly if you’re competing at a high level. For this reason, turmeric consumption is slightly-moderately healthful when it comes to enhancing exercise recovery.
I hope this has been healthful. Have you ever tried this?