Curcumin effects on inflammation and performance recovery following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage

Recent evidence suggests that various herbal extracts including tumeric (Curcuma Ionga rhizomes) have potent anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of inflammation models (1). The anti-inflammatory properties of tumeric have been attributed to its constituent curcumin. Evidence suggests that in some experimental conditions, curcumin can have similar anti-inflammatory activity as some of the common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like indomethacin, Vioxx, Celebrex, and ibuprofen, but without many of the side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress and cardiovascular complications
J. Mark Davis,1 E. Angela Murphy,1 Martin D. Carmichael,1 Mark R. Zielinski,1 Claire M. Groschwitz,1 Adrienne S. Brown,1 J. David Gangemi,3 Abdul Ghaffar,2 and Eugene P. Mayer2 (more…)

When An Athlete Gives Up Gluten

Search for studies on how gluten affects athletic performance, and you’ll probably come up empty-handed. Researchers just haven’t paid much attention to how gluten influences exercise. But in the real world, outside of the controlled environment of the laboratory, athletes are finding that going gluten-free seems to give them an extra edge. (more…)