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Chatting Supplements: Turmeric (Magic Gold?) + Quick Look at Probiotics

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - Chatting Supplements. This week we explore something that's been around for some time and is often referred to as "magic gold" especially in regards to inflammation. Question is - is this all marketing or does the latest science back up its many claims?

We focus on two "designer products" in Zooki - a turmeric sachet and The Turmeric Co - a turmeric shot. They both boast big claims with the latter even having a page dedicated to science. We naturally dive in and dissect the page. The things we focus on in particular are

  • Inflammation

  • DOMs

  • Gut Inflammation

  • Cholesterol Levels - Blood Lipids

  • Skin Health

  • Sports Performance & Physical Exercise

We then finish by taking a quick look at probiotics and gut health (a fairly new field if we're being honest) and see if those magic yoghurts you see in the supermarket (looking at you Activia) are worth the price tag!

Of course, as with all in this series, it's important you consult your doctor first before supplementing anything into your diet.


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Studies Mentioned

Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials

Take turmeric with a grain of salt

Curcumin supplementation likely attenuates delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

Effects of turmeric extract supplementation on inflammation and muscle damage after a half-marathon race

Oral turmeric/curcumin effects on inflammatory markers in chronic inflammatory diseases

The effect of curcumin on the brain-gut axis in rat model of irritable bowel syndrome

Efficacy and safety of turmeric and curcumin in lowering blood lipid levels in patients with cardiovascular risk factors

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials on the Effects of Turmeric and Curcuminoids on Blood Lipids in Adults with Metabolic Diseases

A Meta-Analysis of the Clinical Use of Curcumin for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Effects of Turmeric and Curcumin Dietary Supplementation on Human Gut Microbiota

Effects of turmeric on uremic pruritus in end-stage renal disease patients

Use of Curcumin in Psoriasis

Anti-inflammatory effects of oral supplementation with curcumin

Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence

Potential of Curcumin in Skin Disorders

Effects of curcumin supplementation on sport and physical exercise: a systematic review

The effect of Curcumin/Turmeric on blood pressure modulation

Effects of probiotic supplementation on anthropometric and metabolic characteristics in adults with metabolic syndrome

Supplementation of Probiotics and Its Effects on Physically Active Individuals and Athletes

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