We know that nothing is as great as physical activity, but the turmeric is great at giving some of almost the same heart health benefits. This refers to women that are undergoing some age-associated adverse changes in the health of the arteries.
Unluckily, the medical practitioners didn’t want to study this and they neglect the role of the turmeric in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. There are many researches and studies that support these cardiovascular properties of the turmeric. There are 3 dozen abstracts on this subject available and they can be found in the database: cardio-protective properties of the turmeric.
According to the study published last year in the American Journal of Cardiology, the turmeric lowers the post- bypass heart attack by 56%. But this article is focused on one more interesting study that was published in the Journal Nutrition Research in 2012. According to this study, the primary polyphenol found in the turmeric, which gives the golden hue well-known as curcumin, is effective in boosting the vascular function in women in post-menopause just like the aerobic training regimen.
The study included 32 postmenopausal women and lasted 8 weeks. The women were separated into 3 groups: exercise, curcumin and non-treatment control. The researchers determine the health of the inner lining of the blood vessels of women, which are known as the endothelium, by using the ultrasound to calculate the flow-mediated arterial dilation, which is a popular indicator of arterial elasticity and because of that the endothelial function. Any problem with the inner lining of the vessels is viewed like the main reason of the atherosclerosis’s development. Anything that can reduce, reverse, or prevent the endothelial dysfunction might directly affect the mortality associated with heart disease.
Women that were part of the curcumin group were given 150 g of turmeric extract every day, for 8 weeks supplying 25 mg of the curcumin. They didn’t make changes in the exercise and diet habits.
The women in the exercise group practiced aerobic training more than 3 days in a week. They had 2 to 3 supervised sessions and plus training at home. Their course involved cycling and walking, and the women were engaged in 30 to 60 minute long sessions.
When the study finished, the researchers spotted a boost in the flow-mediated dilation in both exercise and curcumin group. They concluded that the study showed that the regular aerobic exercise or regular ingestion of curcumin improved the endothelial function. The magnitude of the improvement in the endothelial function in the same range, showing that the curcumin might prevent the age-connected decline in the endothelial function in the women in post-menopause.
Despite the fact that this study presents the health benefits of the turmeric and it stimulates the people that are already using curcumin and turmeric supplement in their diet, it is essential to say that the exercise CAN’T be replaced with any kind of supplement. The exercise can’t take the place the role of turmeric in the health and disease of the people. But, if a person combines both regular doses of turmeric and regular exercise, they will provide more benefits together than they can provide alone. In fact, the perfect thing is the combination of these two.
The same researchers published another amazing study in the American Journal of Hypertension in 2012, and they researched the combined effect of both curcumin and exercise in women in post-menopause in boosting the heart muscle stress tolerance. They discovered that the regular exercise in a combination with curcumin might reduce the left ventricular or LV afterload to a better extent than the monotherapy. The chronic heightened left afterload is able to lead to pathological hypertrophy of that area, and it is connected to aortic valve disease and increased blood pressure. This study suggests that we should combine these two things.
The combination of exercise and turmeric is also beneficial for inflammation and pain caused by exercise and it relieves the symptoms connected to osteoarthritis.