We all know that there’s nothing that could come close to exercise in terms of effectiveness. But a new study shows that turmeric is something of an exception. It can provide you almost similar benefits for your cardiovascular health. In fact, this is specifically good news for women who are going through one or the other kind of age-related negative changes with regard to their arterial health.

It is only unfortunate that those who practice conventional medicine don’t show much interest in the topic. This is the reason they simply ignore the importance of turmeric for the role it plays in the prevention of heart diseases.

But on the other end of the spectrum, many studies and research works have shown the positive cardioprotective benefits of turmeric. That fact is that more than 3 dozen abstracts are there covering the topic. They can be checked on a database on the cardioprotective properties of turmeric.

A study (published – American Journal of Cardiology) states that turmeric extract can be beneficial in lowering post-bypass heart attack by a staggering 56%. This article in the journal was focused on another fascinating study (published – Nutrition Research, 2012). As per the study, the primary polyphenol in turmeric called curcumin (due to which the spice gets its gold color), is almost as effective as aerobic training routine in enhancing vascular function in those undergoing postmenopausal period.

The study spanned across 8 weeks and covered 32 postmenopausal women.

The subjects were categorized into 3 groups:

  • Exercise group
  • Non-treatment control group
  • Curcumin group

During the study, the researchers tested the health of the endothelium (the inner lining in the blood vessels) using ultrasound to measure the flow-mediated arterial dilation. This factor is a recognized indicator for arterial elasticity, and thus also of the endothelial function.

If there is any kind of problem of the inner lining of the blood vessels, it is considered as a main factor leading to the development of atherosclerosis. So anything that could prevent, inhibit, or reverse endothelial dysfunction may be directly able to make an impact on mortality associated with cardiovascular diseases.

The researchers gave 150g of turmeric extract to the women subjects in the curcumin group everyday for 8 weeks. It supplied them with 25mg collodially isolated nanoparticle curcumin. This group didn’t make any changes to their habits (including exercise throughout the duration0.

The Exercise Group practiced aerobics training for over 3 days per week. There were 2-3 supervised sessions along with extra training which they completed at home. This included walking, cycling and lasted between 30 and 60 minutes. After completion of the 8-week study duration, the researchers noticed raised flow-mediated dilation in the curcumin and exercise group.

Ingesting curcumin on a regular basis or regular aerobic exercise training made significant improvements to the endothelial function. The amount of improvement in the endothelial function up to the same level suggests that curcumin may be able to prevent age-related decline in women’s endothelial function who have entered the postmenopausal period.

Source: Health Advisor Group