The more you age, the more the threats to your health seem to pile up because everything starts to fall apart.
As a regular reader of my Health e-Tips, you’re probably familiar with some ways to help keep your body running smoothly—especially through diet, sleep, and exercise.
And now, this latest researchadds a new, easy way to get the MOST out of your exercise routine.
See, as you age, you start losing skeletal muscle mass at an alarming rate – to the tune 1-2 percent a year.
It’s called sarcopenia, and it afflicts up to 13 percent of folks from 60-70 years of age, and up to 50 percent of those older than 80 years of age.
You NEED this muscle to keep standing up straight…
To prevent you from falling…
And to do your basic personal care.
Exercising and getting adequate protein are two of the BEST WAYS to maintain your muscle mass.
But these researchers took it a step further…
They tested adding curcumin — a natural extract from the kitchen spice, turmeric—to the diet of mice.
Over the past few years, curcumin’s reputation has grown thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties.
Studies have previously shown curcumin’s ability to benefit skeletal muscle, and to prevent skeletal muscle wasting from conditions like sepsis and inflammation.
But until now, little was known about the effectiveness of curcumin on sarcopenic muscle.
And indeed, the mice who took curcumin had greater muscle mass — and the damage to their muscles was much lower.
What this means for seniors is that curcumin can help you build and maintain more muscle as you age
Combined with exercise, and you’ll have a GREAT chance of SLASHING your risk for sarcopenia (and the nasty conditions that come along with it)!
Now, before you go and grab any curcumin off the shelf, you need to take a look at the “supplement facts” panel.
There are two items of concern:
First, verify you’re getting curcumin and not turmeric. Some bottles will say “curcumin” on the front, but they mostly have turmeric. Turmeric doeshave curcumin in it, but a very small amount.
Second, black pepper extract is a must. Curcumin is not well absorbed by your body. And if you can’t absorb it, you can’t use it. But black pepper increases curcumin absorption by up to 2,000 percent – so check those labels and make sure its included in the supplement.