The exercise is irreplaceable, but you can gain some great cardiovascular health benefits by using turmeric extract too, especially for the women who are vulnerable from age-related negative changes in arterial health.
Although the conventional medicine is not interested for turmerics ability in preventing heart ailments, there are some studies that prove its amazing cardio-protective characteristics.
A study released in the American Journal of Cardiology revealed that turmeric extract decreases post-bypass heart attack possibility by 57%. Another study released in the magazine Nutritional Research back in 2012 explained that curcumin, which is the primary polyphenol in turmeric that provides the spices golden hue is great substitution for moderate aerobic exercise training regime in postmenopausal women because it achieves the same effect.
32 menopausal women were subjected in 8-week long study where they were divided in three groups: a non-treatment control, exercise and curcumin. The scientists determined the health of the inner membrane of their blood vessels (endothellum). They used ultrasound in order to measure the flow-mediated arterial dilation, which is the best pointer of arterial flexibility and endothelial function. Imbalance of the endothelial function is known as the greatest cause for the atherosclerosis. Everything that can keep you safe, lower or reverse endothelial dysfunction will surely lower the morbidity and mortality related with cardiovascular ailment.
The women in the curcumin group took 150 mg turmeric extract every day for 2 months, supplying 25mg of collodially huddled nanoparticle curcumin. They didnt make changes in their diet and exercise regimes during this research.
The women in the exercise group had aerobic exercise three or more days weekly (2-3 monitored sessions and extra home-based training). During the two months of exercise regime including cycling and walking they had 30-60 minute long sessions varying in intensity from 60% of their individually ascertained heart rate in the primary phase of the research, to 70-75% ultimate heart rate in the second half.
When the research was finished, the flow-mediated widening increased in both curcumin and exercise groups, compared to the control. The researchers concluded:
This study proved that regular intake of curcumin or regular aerobic exercise training visibly improved endothelial function. The amount of improvement in the endothelial function to the same content, suggesting that curcumin may disable the age-associated worsening in endothelial function in postmenopausal women.
This study gives hope for the people who are using turmeric in their diet, or maybe take curcumin supplement to reject many diseases (more than 600 conditions can benefit from turmeric/curcumin consummation). But you mustnt substitute your exercise regime with supplement. The exercise too cannot achieve what the turmeric could in our body. The best thing you can do for yourself is to have regular exercises and add turmeric in your diet and you will notice that these two steps will act together and provide you with many health benefits. The study didnt analyzed what both exercise and supplement will achieve together, but we shouldnt wait for another clinical research to find out the result.
The same research group released another study in the American Journal of Hypertension back in 2012 and analyzed the effect frm the combination of curcumin and exercise in postmenopausal women in improving heart muscle stress endurance, discovering that regular endurance exercise combined with daily intake of curcumin can lower LV (left ventricular) afterload to a bigger scale than monotherapy with whichever intervention in postmenopausal women. Chronic heightened left ventricular afterload can cause pathological hypertrophy of that area of the heart, and is related with increased blood pressure and aortic valve ailment. These facts point out that these two interventions together will provide the patient with maximal benefits.
Decreasing of exercise-related pain and inflammation is one more side benefit of combining turmeric with exercise. Today it is used often for reducing the symptoms related with osteoarthritis.