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Synergistic Support: Curcumin and Boswellia for Enhanced Athletic Performance

Monday, August 14th 2023 10:00am 3 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

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Athletic performance optimization is a multifaceted endeavor that encompasses various factors, including nutrition, training, and recovery. In recent years, researchers have turned their attention to natural compounds that possess potential benefits for athletes. Among these compounds, curcumin and Boswellia have garnered significant attention due to their potent anti-inflammatory properties and potential to support athletic performance. This article explores the synergistic effects of curcumin and Boswellia on athletic performance, backed by evidence from peer-reviewed studies.

Curcumin and athletic performance

Curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. In the context of athletic performance, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects are particularly relevant. Exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress can lead to muscle damage, delayed recovery, and performance decrements. Curcumin’s ability to modulate inflammatory pathways, such as NF-κB, COX-2, and TNF-α, has demonstrated potential benefits for athletes.

A study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (Drobnic et al., 2014) investigated the effects of curcumin on muscle damage and inflammation markers in runners. The results showed that curcumin supplementation significantly reduced post-exercise muscle damage markers, including creatine kinase and C-reactive protein, compared to a placebo. Furthermore, curcumin exhibited an analgesic effect, potentially aiding in pain management during high-intensity training.

Boswellia and athletic performance

Boswellia, commonly known as Indian frankincense, has a rich history in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The main active components of Boswellia, known as boswellic acids, have shown promise in reducing inflammation, joint pain, and supporting joint health.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the European Journal of Medical Research (Siddiqui et al., 2011) evaluated the effects of Boswellia extract on exercise-induced asthma in professional athletes. The results revealed a significant reduction in asthma symptoms, improvement in lung function, and enhanced exercise performance in the Boswellia group compared to the placebo group. The study suggested that Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory properties could positively influence respiratory function and overall athletic performance.

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