Curcumin helps with muscle soreness after exercise
Days after intense exercise, oxidative stress and inflammation can overcome the body’s antioxidant defenses, leading to muscle soreness and damage. In this study, 20 non-smoking men who performed regular aerobic exercise for at least four hours per week took 200 mg of curcumin twice per day, or a placebo, beginning 48 hours before a running test. On day three, the men took a 45-minute treadmill running test, on a specially prepared 10-percent downhill slope designed to induce muscle damage. After taking curcumin or placebo for one more day, the men reported muscle pain on the fifth day.

Compared to placebo, an MRI showed that the curcumin group had significantly less leg muscle damage. For pain scores, 90 percent of the placebo group had posterior thigh pain vs. 45 percent for curcumin, and 80 percent had middle thigh pain compared to 36 percent for curcumin.

Reference: J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2014 Jun 18;11:31.
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