Commute, work, sleep, repeat, and try to be healthy in-between: there’s no doubt the pressures of daily life put a considerable amount of stress on the body. Without the TLC you need, it’s easy to feel like you’re living in anything but a well-oiled machine.
Turmeric is here to save the day, but it’s curcumin—the orange root’s main chemical component—that’s the star of the show. Curcumin is the most active part of turmeric and has proven medicinal benefits, both as a treatment for current aches and pains and as a preventative measure for chronic diseases.
Turmeric’s curcumin content makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. For anyone who’s active, an intake of turmeric before intense physical activity soothes muscle soreness that follows, allowing you to get out there and crush it all over again (1)! Turmeric’s curcumin has been proven beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, an ailment caused by joint inflammation. In a study conducted by researchers at Baylor University, curcumin was more effective than the anti-inflammatory drug Diclofenac Sodium at relieving rheumatoid arthritis pain in test subjects (2). By inhibiting enzymes in the inflammatory pathway, curcumin lessens the effects of arthritis at the source (3). Consuming turmeric is an all-natural way to alleviate the pain associated with many types of arthritis with minor to no side effects.
For those who need a mental boost for school, work, or athletics, turmeric stimulates brain activity to keep you alert. Consuming turmeric increases levels of brain growth hormone BDNF, creating new neurons to help you focus and retain information (4, 5). Down a Gold Rush nutrition shot before an all-nighter or big game--the 2 oz. shot’s 14,000 mg of turmeric will go to work for you! You’ll feel energized but not caffeinated, with no crash afterwards. Research by Sudha Sheshadri, M.D. and colleagues from Boston University has shown that higher levels of BDNF in the brain correlate with a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia (6). Consuming turmeric regularly is an excellent way to keep your mind energized and brain healthy.
We could all use more turmeric in our diets to keep our bodies running smoothly. As both a treatment and preventative measure, the herb is one of earth’s great gifts. You can get your daily turmeric fix with our Gold Rush nutrition shot!
- "Curcumin supplementation likely attenuates delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)."
- "A randomized, pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of curcumin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis."
- "Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin."
- "The Impressive Brain Benefits of Curcumin Supplements"
- "Brain-derived neurotrophic factor"
- "High BDNF Levels May Offer Protection Against Alzheimer’s"