Nothing can replace the role of sport in improving heart health, but turmeric extract offers excellent functionality, especially in women who are experiencing menopause or post-menopause and many problems associated with the arteries.
So far, turmeric extract received less attention of the conventional medical practitioners in the prevention of coronary disease. However, the conventional medical practitioners admit there is a remarkable cardio protective elements contained in turmeric.
Last year, a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found a fact that extra turmeric can reduce the risk of heart attack after bypass surgery by 56%. Not only that, a study published in the journal Nutrition Research three years ago revealed that the primary polyphenols contained in turmeric is able to increase the range of blood vessel function in postmenopausal women. This increase was comparable to what was achieved by routine low-impact aerobic exercises.
A study conducted within 8 weeks on 32 postmenopausal women; divided into three groups (a non-treatment control, exercise, and curcumin) discovered an interesting fact. Researchers in the study used ultrasound to measure flow-mediated dilation arterial, an indicator usually used to measure the elasticity of the arteries and endothelial function. An endothelial problem is usually the main factor of the development of atherosclerosis. Any substance that may prevent or at least reduce endothelial dysfunction can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with coronary disease.
Everyone who was joined in the “curcumin group” received 150 mg of turmeric extract daily, 25 mg collodially dispersed in nanoparticle form. The extra turmeric was given without changing diet and exercise that have been done before.
Everyone who was joined in “exercise group” undergo aerobic workout more than 3 times per week consisting of supervised sessions and additional home-based exercises. The training was carried out for 8 weeks included cycling and walking, for 30-60 minute, carried out with intensity by 60% in the early phase and reached 70-75% in the next phase (second phase).
After 8 weeks, both groups experienced an increase in flow-mediated dilation compared to what was experienced by the “non-treatment control group”. These results underlined the conclusion made by the investigators. They concluded that routine extra consumption of turmeric and regular exercise can improve endothelial function in the human body.
The rate of increase in “curcumin group” provided the rationale that turmeric has the same effect with exercise and can be done well by postmenopausal women.