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Curcumin protects against heat stroke

Heat stress from exercise damages the gastrointestinal tract and increases chances for heat stroke, as blood flow is diverted to skeletal muscle and skin.

In this study, participants took a placebo or 500 mg of curcumin per day for three days prior to a one-hour treadmill exercise in a high-heat, high-humidity chamber. Compared to placebo, those taking curcumin had a smaller rise in core body temperature, lower average total body temperature, lower heart rate, and fewer signs of physiological strain. Also, curcumin helped maintain the integrity of the gut lining, protecting it from bacterial infiltration.

 

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