Undoubtedly, exercising is of vital importance, but newest studies have discovered that the turmeric extract does a pretty good job of producing some of the same cardiovascular health benefits. In particular, it is especially effective in women who are experiencing age-related negative changes in the arteries.
The bad news is that doctors don’t bother with this problem and they avoid the turmeric’s role against heart diseases although there are numerous studies on how turmeric is efficient against the cardiovascular diseases.
The last year’s study in the American Journal of Cardiology pointed out that turmeric extract reduces the heart attacks after bypass by 56%. This study also includes another previous study from 2012, which claims that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric is proven to be effective in improving the vascular function in women after menopause similar to aerobic training.
This study was conducted on 32 women after menopause and lasted for 8 weeks. The 32 women were divided into 3 groups: curcumin, exercise, and non-treatment control.
The researchers tested the elasticity, function, and health of the inner lining of their blood vessels with an ultrasound. A disturbance of the endothelial function is considered a key cause of the development of atherosclerosis. Hence, anything that can prevent, reduce or reverse endothelial disturbance could prevent the mortality due to heart diseases.
Women in the curcumin group were consuming 150g turmeric extract every day for 8 weeks. During these 8 weeks, they didn’t exercise or have changed their diet.
In the exercise group, the women did aerobic exercises more than 3 times per week and were also riding a bike and walking for 30-60 long minutes.
The study was over after 8 weeks. The result showed that both groups exercising and consuming turmeric increase the flow-mediated dilation. So, the researchers concluded that both of these methods are effective in improving the health and the function of the blood vessels.
Although this research emphasizes the health properties of turmeric thus encouraging people to start consuming it, turmeric nor any other supplement should replace regular exercising. Additionally, exercising cannot replace the turmeric’s role in maintaining the health and preventing diseases.
The best solution is to combine turmeric and exercising as this combination has more health benefits than if you use just one of them. So the winning combination is turmeric together with exercising although the study was conveyed on them separately.
The same researchers conducted another study in 2012, published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Namely, this time, the research investigated the combined effect of exercise and curcumin together in women after menopause and the way this combination improves the heart muscle stress tolerance.
The findings showed that regular exercise combined with daily curcumin ingestion may reduce endothelial disturbance to a greater extent than monotherapy with either intervention alone in postmenopausal women.
Therefore, the conclusion of this study was again that the best effects are achieved by the combination of turmeric and exercising. This combination is also perfect against pain and inflammation after workout. It also alleviates symptoms caused by osteoarthritis.