It isn’t difficult to find research demonstrating the health benefits of curcumin. Studies have shown that this yellow-colored curcuminoid, which is the main active compound in turmeric, can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and cognitive decline. Additionally, curcumin increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, lending it significant anti-aging and cancer-fighting properties.
However, a double-blind and randomized-controlled study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology in March 2015 has given us more reasons to love curcumin: It can help reduce pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and aid muscle recovery in physically active people.
Seeking to determine whether curcumin had an impact on “single-leg jump performance and DOMS following unaccustomed heavy eccentric exercise,” the study researchers gave 17 male volunteers 2.5 grams of oral curcumin (or a placebo) twice daily “2 [days] before to 3 [days] after eccentric single-leg press exercise, separated by [a] 14 [day] washout.” During this trial period, the researchers monitored post-exercise limb pain, muscle swelling, and other indicators of muscle damage and inflammation. Measurements were made at baseline immediately after exercises, one day after exercises and two days after exercises.