Are you familiar with curcumin? What are its benefits to our body? In this post written by the best Ballarat naturopaths near me, let us learn the benefits of curcumin to our body.

While you might know turmeric as a spice, it is also very beneficial for your health. There are three main components in in turmeric that are beneficial for you. These bioactive components are curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Each of these are known to have powerful protective properties.

Curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-tumour actions.

Curcumin & Sports

The many actions of this turmeric component make it a useful supplement for people who play sports or exercise. It helps to:

  • Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Prevent fatigue and damage to muscles.
  • Supporting recovery following physical activity.

It has been shown to be beneficial for a wide range of activities – from aerobics to resistance training.


This has been proven in various studies. Supplementation of 180mg curcumin after exercise was found to reduce inflammation. It was also demonstrated effectiveness in supporting muscle repair and strength.

Curcumin can inhibit transcription factors – like nuclear factor – that are responsible for activating pro-inflammatory enzymes and cytokines. It can thus inhibit the inflammatory cascade, allowing supplementation to reduce post-exercise inflammation.

Range of motion was also improved following supplementation within 3-4 days in comparison to a placebo.

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