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05.02.2024


Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes

The number of days that top athletes with a runny nose, nasty cough or overly relaxed intestines are sick at home and cannot train partly determines whether they win or lose. According to a human study, the number of sick days is drastically reduced if elite athletes take a shot with turmeric, vitamin C and vitamin D every day.


Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes


Study
Physiologists from Nottingham Trent University gave 23 professional football players a bottle of a turmeric-based shot every day for 16 weeks. Each bottle contained 17.5 grams of turmeric root extract, good for 700 milligrams of curcumin.

The bottle also contained 200 milligrams of black pepper. This in turn provided 10 milligrams of piperine, a substance that increases the absorption of curcumin. In addition, each bottle contained 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and 3000 IU of vitamin D3 - that is 75 micrograms of vitamin D3.

The researchers use Immune Support Vitamin C + D, a product from The Turmeric. [theturmeric.co] You can see a bottle of Immune Support below. The Turmeric provided the supplements for free, but did not pay for the study. The researchers' university did that.


Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes


During the supplementation period, the researchers kept track of whether the football players had a cold or flu. They also kept track of whether the players had stomach complaints.

The researchers compared the results with a period of 3 weeks that preceded the supplementation period, during which the players received no supplement.

So there was no placebo group.

Results
During supplementation, the number of days with symptoms of a cold or flu [URS] was a factor of 3 fewer than before the supplementation period. This difference was statistically significant.


Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes

Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes


When the supplementation started, the football players suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms about a factor of 2.5 less often than before the supplementation started.

Intensive training takes a toll on the small intestine. You can see this in the blood by the concentration of the enzyme intestinal fatty-acid binding protein [I-FABP]. The higher the concentration, the greater the blow the intestines have had to take. The figure below suggests that supplementation reduced the impact of training.


Shot with turmeric and vitamins reduces the number of sick days of professional athletes


Conclusion
"These findings suggest that a combined turmeric root, vitamin C, and vitamin D supplement may be an effective way to reduce illness occurrence in elite male footballers", write the researchers.

Source:
Nutrients. 2024 Jan 12;16(2):243

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