Recent studies have discovered that the turmeric extract is as beneficial for cardiovascular health maintenance as exercises, especially in women struggling with age-related negative arteries changes.
Conventional medicine refuses to test this ingredient, and avoid turmeric’s role in the fight against heart diseases, although great number of studies is constantly showing that it has enormous effects in cardiovascular diseases.
One study in the American Journal of Cardiology said that turmeric extract reduces the heart attacks after bypass by 56%. According to another 2012 study, the primary polyphenol in turmeric called polyphenol improves the vascular function in women after menopause.
The study published in Nutrition Research journal, lasted 8 weeks and involved 32 women after menopause. They were divided in 3 groups: curcumin, exercise and non-treatment control.
The inner lining of the blood vessels known as endothelium was examined by the researchers, using ultrasound to measure the flow-mediated arterial dilation, which is an indicator to the elasticity of arteries and endothelial function.
If the inner lining of the blood vessels changes because of some factor, it would lead to atherosclerosis development. So to prevent the mortality due to heart diseases, we need to find an effective solution to prevent, reduce, or reverse the endothelial dysfunction.
The curcumin group was consisted of women consuming 150g turmeric extract every day for a period of 8 weeks, which equals to 25 g of nanoparticle curcumin. During the study, women didn’t exercise and didn’t make alterations of their diet.
Women from the second group exercised aerobic more than 3 times a week. They also did cycling and walking for 30-60 minutes. At the beginning of the training, 60% had maximal heart rate and 70-75% later.
Researchers discovered an increased flow-mediated dilution in the exercise and curcumin group and stated:
“The present study showed that regular ingestion of curcumin or regular aerobic exercise training significantly improved endothelial function. The magnitude of improvement in endothelial function to the same extent, suggesting that curcumin may prevent the age-associated decline in endothelial function in postmenopausal women.”
This study also shows that neither turmeric nor anything else should replace the regular exercising. However, extra exercising can’t replace the role of turmeric in health maintaining and preventing illnesses.
So the conclusion is that the best solution is combining the 2 methods, so one study found that “regular endurance exercise combined with daily curcumin ingestion may reduce LV [left ventricular] afterload to a greater extent than monotherapy with either intervention alone in postmenopausal women.”