How Turmeric is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
Turmeric, a versatile, natural plant long renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this potent ingredient help you enhance athletic performance and longevity? Read on to find out!
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a chemical compound responsible for the distinctive color of the plant and also for its anti-inflammatory properties. By blocking cytokines (proteins that signal cell response) and enzymes (proteins that serve as catalysts for chemical reactions) involved in inflammation response, curcumin can attack inflammation at its source. These chemicals include 5-LOX and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the latter of which is targeted by many drugs that range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to selective inhibitors that target COX-2 specifically. It's one of the most common causes of inflammation and studies suggest that curcumin is effective in suppressing it.
Reduced Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress, the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, can cause cellular damage resulting in inflammation, sometimes even as a chronic condition. Antioxidants like curcumin to balance out free radicals and reduce this damage.
Body Fat and Metabolic Regulation
Curcumin has shown promise in lowering levels of triglycerides and fatty acids, as well as demonstrated an ability to inhibit proteins involved in adipogenesis, the accumulation of fat cells. As obesity is linked to increased wear and tear on joints, taking turmeric may help reduce this stress through weight loss.
Turmeric has also shown the potential to stabilize blood sugar levels as well as lower the amount of glucose in the blood. This can help to control weight gain and diabetes, the latter of which causes the diabetic neuropathy that many people take Mountain Ice for.
As an antioxidant, curcumin's heart healthy properties can help boost your blood circulation, which will allow your body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream. These nutrients are vital to repairing cell damage and preventing further harm, which helps to reduce inflammation. Effective circulation also makes it easier for the organs in your body to function properly, while strain from impaired functioning creates more inflammation.
Better Absorption with Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
A common concern about turmeric is curcumin's low bioavailability and low level of water solubility, meaning that oral supplements require significant amounts of curcumin to get its full effect. Due to its fat solubility, however, curcumin truly shines as a topical ingredient, enhanced by the ingredients in Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel that promote absorption deep into the skin to deal with pain at its source.
How Curcumin Works with Boswellia to Reduce Muscle Soreness
Recent studies have indicated that curcumin in combination with Boswellia, another vital ingredient in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel, may be effective in reducing joint pain and muscle injury after exercise, particularly stiffness and soreness in the knees. Our Sports Recovery Gel gives you the full effect of these two ingredients working together to help you reach your full athletic potential!