Recent research finds the hops plant has shown benefit with respect to hormonal health. 8 – prenylnaringenin (8PN) is the name of this compound and is what is referred to as a prenylflavoid. It is deemed to be the most estrogenic of the phytoestrogens (plant based forms) (1). Its effects are similar to estradiol (an active form of body estrogen), but at a fraction of the potency (2). With these estrogenic properties, 8PN has shown benefit in the following areas: Osteoporosis Heart Disease Breast cancer Menopausal symptoms On the subject of menopause, one double blind randomized cross over study (specifically
Curcumin is widely used and well recognized as a highly valued component
of the turmeric root. Used extensively in India for cooking and medicinal
purposes, it boasts many health promoting chemicals and has been the subject of
intense research over the last few years. It is now well established that
curcumin protects against inflammatory disease, diabetes, prostate cancer,
Alzheimer’s and heart disease, among other health issues.1 More recently, the health
promoting properties of curcumin have been further investigated to determine
how they affect exercise performance. Curcumin is not only a potent antioxidant
that helps to protect cells when they are under stress, but it also has the
ability to protect and strengthen the cardiovascular system and to boost
exercise performance, specifically by improving endothelial function and improving
muscle recovery time.2,3
What Happens to the Body During Intense Exercise
Exercise can provide several health benefits to the body, but it can also cause stress to the cells comprising muscle and other tissues. The muscles that allow one to move, and the muscle tissue that allows the heart to pump blood through the body are all vulnerable to damage from various sources, one being exercise. However, we also know that exercise is vital for these tissues in order to strengthen them and to allow them to continue to perform their intended functions. Therefore, regular cardiovascular exercise is important and beneficial overall.
As the heart rate increases during exercise, the level of oxygen in the blood is improved and natural painkillers called endorphins are increased in the body. However, if the body is
Improving Vascular Endothelial Function with Curcumin
Vascular endothelial function,
These results indicated that curcumin ingestion and aerobic exercise training can increase flow-mediated dilation in postmenopausal women, suggesting that both can potentially improve the age-related decline in endothelial function and therefore improve exercise performance.4
Reducing Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress
reducing the number of reactions that occur in the body as a result of the digestive process. During digestion, the molecules from food become oxidized;
of 90 mg of curcumin or the placebo 2 hours before exercise and immediately after exercise. Blood samples that were taken pre and post exercise indicated that curcumin increased blood
antioxidant capacity and can reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress.5
Curcumin also raises glutathione levels in the body; glutathione is the body’s chief antioxidant.
Studies to learn more about the effects of curcumin in the body after exercise have
Inflammation and Muscle Damage Due to Exercise
It is well understood that intense exercise can cause inflammation and muscle damage depending on the duration, intensity
Inflammation is a condition that involves uncontrolled activated immune responses. Numerous studies have suggested that curcumin is able to modulate the immune response and play an important role in the treatment of inflammation and metabolic diseases. Results from both in-vitro and in-vivo studies have provided strong evidence
As a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory, curcumin has several mechanisms of action in the body that help to improve physical performance and improve health in general. Studies have demonstrated that curcumin is able to modulate the immune system, put out the fires of inflammation, and decrease muscle soreness for improved recovery time. It acts to improve endothelial function to the same extent that an aerobic exercise regimen can. Both animal and human studies have highlighted numerous benefits of curcumin and future research will likely identify others.
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What You Need to Know
Curcumin is a powerful cellular protector that can have very beneficial and positive exercise performance effects in people who are active. This well-known and potent natural antioxidant ingredient derived from the turmeric root is able to reduce and prevent inflammation and also provide a performance boost by modulating the immune system, decreasing muscle soreness to improve recovery time, and also by enhancing endothelial function in the same manner as exercise does. Curcumin is a safe and effective exercise recovery enhancer, and it even produces some of the same cardiovascular benefits as aerobic exercise itself.