Turmeric is a plant — Curcuma longa — that’s native to India. It’s also one of the main ingredients in curry. The peppery flavor comes from curcumin, which is often erroneously used interchangeably with turmeric. Curcumin is a phenol with antibacterial properties and a compound that is part of turmeric. You can eat the turmeric root, but most people opt to take it in supplement form — pills, capsules, or teas.
We know what you’re thinking — how the heck does it help athletes like me? Because you punish your body day in and day out on the field, court, ice, or baseball diamond, as well as in the gym. Turmeric has been known as a potential way to reduce pain and inflammation. (Side note: it’s also been shown in one study to curb heartburn.) As you tear those muscle fibers down the more important it is to focus on recovery to make sure you can do it again.
Of course, P4’s NSF Certified for Sport workout supplement Recovery Formula can help by shuttling BCAAs and vitamins into your muscles. And using turmeric as a spice in your diet can help by reducing inflammation to ensure the rebuilding process isn’t hindered. In other words, as much as P4’s workout supplements Pre-Game Formula, Energy Formula, and Recovery Formula are quality go-to for an energy and a recovery boost, turmeric is a go-to spice for those looking for ways to remain active for longer.
Before we offer a handful of easy ways to add turmeric into your diet, keep in mind that it’s often used in Indian curries and cuisine. In other words, a little can add a pretty big kick!
- Add it to rice, scrambled eggs, and in soups
- Sprinkle it on greens and veggies for a natural flavor boost
- Use it as an ingredient when roasting veggies
- Blend a few teaspoons with your protein shakes and smoothies
- Add a dash to teas and other hot drinks