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The formulation of Optim Curcuma improves muscle recovery after exercise

A new study published in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Clinica suggests the formulation of Optim Curcuma, reduces the increases of inflammation and creatine kinase levels after a leg press exercise, compared to a placebo group.

28 young participants (average 20 years old) were randomly assigned to consume either 400 mg of Longvida - the formulation of Optim Curcuma - or a placebo (rice flour) for 2 days before and 4 days after the Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Blood samples were collected before exercice and at day 1,2,3 and 4. The muscle damage biomarker (Creatine Kinase) and the inflammatory biomarkers (cytokines: TNF-α, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) were measured.

Among participants in the curcumin group, researchers observed significantly smaller increases in Creatine Kinase (–48%), TNF-α (–25%), and IL-8 (–21%) following exercise compared to the placebo group. No significant decrease were found for IL-6, IL-10, or quadriceps muscle soreness.

The findings demonstrated that a daily intake of 1 capsule of the formulation of Optim Curcuma - reduced biological inflammation during recovery after the Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage (EIMD) and this may translate to faster recovery.

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B.K. McFarlin, A.S. Venable, A.L. Henning, J.N Best Sampson, K. Pennel, J.L. Vingren, D.W. Hill; Reduced inflammatory and muscle damage biomarkers following oral supplementation with bioavailable curcumin; BBA Clinical, Volume 5, June 2016, Pages 72–78.