Curcumin is a water soluble powder with an orange-yellow colour. Extracted from dried turmeric root (Curcuma longa), it gives mustard and curry powder their colour. Turmeric contains substances called curcuminoids – curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Curcumin is being studied for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cholesterol lowering properties. Its effect as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent is intriguing because it may help the development of muscular strength and muscle mass.
Some researchers believe that even after a lifetime of studying turmeric, they wouldn’t begin to understand all the complexities of what many consider to be the world’s most important natural remedy.
Curcumin has been used for centuries to treat inflammation. It is well known in the Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine, first described by Charaka around the beginning of the Common Era, and based on a holistic approach rooted in earlier Vedic culture. Its conspicuous use of the word veda, or knowledge, reveals its role in early Hinduism and describes its hallowed place in India. Ayurveda also had a tradition of surgery.
Curcumin, due to its low toxicity, it is currently being investigated for its wide-ranging effects as an anti-inflammatory mediator. Research has shown that it functions as an anti-inflammatory in part through decreasing the recruitment of white blood cells following tissue damage. Other research has shown that curcumin inhibits several different inflammatory proteins and complex biochemical pathways. Furthermore, data shows that curcumin affects genes, but in a good
Skeletal muscle is perhaps the most common site for tissue injury due to trauma, bacterial or viral infections, or surgery. Weightlifting is actually a form of “controlled tissue damage” and, as any hardcore bodybuilder knows, intense resistance training induces skeletal muscle damage.
Believe it or not, at this time there is still no effective treatment to stimulate the repair of skeletal muscle following damage. However, there is evidence that curcumin can stimulate myogenesis (muscle regeneration) following tissue damage. If you are still wondering how anti-inflammatory agents support muscle growth, think of it this way: a decrease in the amount of inflammation will speed the recovery of the muscle and thus optimise recovery, allowing a bodybuilder to enhance his training programme.
Source: Flex magazine
PS: Curcumin is a great product for promoting the faster healing of injuries. Even if you don’t have an injury and just suffer from the occasional sore knee or elbow, Curcumin will help