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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.

Photo by Steve Jones

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