For thousands of years, Asian countries have added turmeric to flavorful dishes for its bright yellow color and medicinal properties. Today, athletes and anyone simply looking to improve their overall health can take turmeric supplements to enjoy various health benefits like joint health, muscle soreness relief and more.
Turmeric comes from a flowering plant calledCurcuma longa of the ginger family. The plant’s roots are a major source of polyphenol curcumin, which carries anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties(1). The roots are typically mulled into a bright, yellow powder and added to curries, teas, cosmetics, ointments and supplements.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties offer relief for a long list of conditions including arthritis, joint pain, anxiety, high cholesterol and more. When paired with piperine, the primary alkaloid in black pepper, curcumin’s bioavailability increases 2000 percent meaning it becomes more potent and easier to absorb in the body (1). This is why most supplements contain an additional agent like black pepper or soy lecithin in their formula.
Particularly in exercise-induced inflammation, turmeric helps relieve muscle soreness and therefore enhances recovery time(1). For people who are relatively healthy and do not have additional health conditions, turmeric supplements can reduce inflammation from free radicals found in everyday environmental pollutants from things like chemicals, ultraviolet radiation and cigarette smoke(1). These irritants can, later on, raise inflammation in the body, which leads to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
A relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people who do not have any diagnosed health conditions. A supplement like Physician’s Choice Turmeric can combat inflammation and provide multiple other health benefits for an overall healthy life.
Physician’s Choice C3 Curcumin features an award-winning formula with a variety of health benefits. Taking this daily supplement can improve the unfavorable symptoms of aging including joint pain, memory and general fatigue. Studies show taking a curcumin supplement can improve working memory, sustained attention, psychological stress and other mood-related symptoms(1). The supplement can also reduce overall inflammation in the body which can help reduce arthritis symptoms and improve joint health(1).
Physician’s Choice Turmeric supplementsare combined with Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, which is an herbal extract known to support joints and movement in the body. When curcumin and boswellic acid are combined, it can be incredibly powerful against pain-related symptoms in the joints as it helps limit inflammation.
Inflammation occurs when the body’s immune system responds to a foreign object or irritant. The body’s immune system cells release various chemicals and dilate small blood vessels, allowing more blood to reach the injury. These inflammatory processes, however, don’t always help the body as some diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis cause the immune system to fight against its own cells(2). In these cases, a supplement like curcumin can help regulate the body’s immune response and keep inflammation low, relieving pain in the process.
Physician’s Choice Meriva Curcumin allows 29 times better absorption than ordinary turmeric curcumin, making it one of the most effective supplements on the market for joint and bone health. Research shows that athletes taking a curcumin supplement experienced less pain and muscle damage after intense exercise. They also showed better psychological and physiological responses during training and improved gastrointestinal function which can be disrupted by stress and dehydration(3).
Studies have shown that Meriva can increase mobility and performance by 201 percent with just two months of use. Those taking Meriva significantly reduced post-exercise muscle soreness and muscle damage(4). People experiencing chronic pain or soreness from working out can incorporate a turmeric supplement to reduce muscle damage and gain additional joint support. Some research found that those who took Meriva showed less evidence of muscle injury, particularly in the hips and inner quadriceps(4).
Many manufacturers, unfortunately, don’t use standardized extracts or only use a small trace (standardized extracts ensure you’re getting the active ingredient and effective dose). Physician’s Choice Turmeric uses only safe, high-quality products to ensure you’re getting the best quality for your money. All of our supplements are made with pure, quality ingredients that are physician-approved and backed by science so you can rest assured your body is getting what it needs.
Curcumin’s benefits can support a variety of inflammatory conditions and help relieve exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, therefore increasing performance and recovery. For those with no pre-existing conditions, taking an everyday turmeric supplement can help reduce inflammation in the body caused by the environment and support an overall healthy lifestyle.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Regina Kaza - Contributing Writer, Physician's Choice