S FACT DA JUST CURCUMIN... MORE GLYCOGEN, LESS LACTIC ACID, MORE STAMINA!
Curcumin supplementation may be of interest to endurance athletes. This is suggested by a Taiwanese animal study in which a relatively low dose of curcumin led to a big increase in the endurance capacity of lab mice.
Curcumin has been the subject of heated interest from molecular nutritionists in recent years. That’s not surprising if you look at the long list of the benefits of curcumin: it inhibits muscle breakdown, enhances the positive effects of exercise on the blood vessels, boosts testosterone levels, inhibits estradiol, strengthen bones – and makes you, just like Superman, able to fly. Okay, okay, maybe not fly, but the rest is true. Hence the interest in the animal study that researchers at the National Taiwan Sport University published in Nutrients.
The researchers gave male mice different doses of fluid curcumin for 28 days. The human equivalent of the lowest dose [CCM 1X] was 11-15 mg; the human equivalent of the highest dose was 55-75 mg. Mice in a control group were given no curcumin.
After 28 days of supplementation the mice that had been given curcumin had developed more muscle strength in their claws than the mice in the control group. The higher the dose, the higher the muscle strength.
The increase in muscle strength may have been due to the anticatabolic effect of curcumin, the researchers suggest. Another possibility is that curcumin stimulates the development of the nerve pathways that the brain uses to send signals to the muscles. [Neurotox Res. 2006 Jan;9(1):29-37.]
When the researchers got the mice to run in a treadmill they observed that the animals that had been given curcumin could keep going for longer.
The researchers discovered that curcumin increased the concentration of glycogen in the muscles, and reduced the concentration of ammonia [NH3], urea [BUN] and lactate in the blood.
The researchers think that the curcumin supplementation enhanced the growth of small blood vessels, which provide the muscles with nutrients and oxygen. As a result metabolic processes improved and the mice’s endurance capacity increased. This research adds to the already massive pool of studies reflecting the benefits of curcumin supplementation not only for athletic performance but health and longevity.
Of interest to Natural Bodybuilders curcumin has also been shown to have powerful anti inflammatory properties and it has been shown to have anti catabolic effects, therefor aiding in the accumluation of lean muscle mass by reducing cortisol, the hormone that has the power to break down muscle.
Look for a supplement that contains high quality extract and also some added Piperine as curcumin is not absorbed well by the body and Piperine has been show to enhance uptake.
Reference: Nutrients. 2015 Jan 30;7(2):905-21.
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