A FOCUS on Turmeric - She Runs Eats Performs

Episode 116

Published on:

13th Oct 2022

A Focus on Turmeric

The why, what and how an endurance runner may benefit from using turmeric as a food ingredient and supplement.

Turmeric is a well-known nutrient and it’s also very well researched … nearly 1600 studies listed on PubMed in the last 5 years. With regards to how it may be helpful for runners … well it’s because of the anti-inflammatory actions of turmeric. In this episode we:

·      Explain why it’s potentially supportive for a runner

·      Discuss the difference between turmeric and curcumin

·      Give insights into using turmeric as a supplement to support endurance running


What is Turmeric, its anti-inflammatory properties and why should endurance runners be concerned about managing inflammation and oxidative stress.

 Key aspects of turmeric supplementation support for runners:

·      Recovery after exercise and prevention of DOMS -delayed onset muscle soreness.

·      Use as an alternative to over the counter pain relief medication e.g. ibuprofen. In E53 Painkillers for Running - we discussed turmeric as a natural alternative to painkillers due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

·      Turmeric may help reduce joint pain – for some runners consistently road running day in and out may lead to joint pain.

·      Turmeric may be used as an anti-inflammatory aid to help recovery from injury.

·      Turmeric is known to support exercise-induced muscle damage, which can occur following hill training, especially downhill exercise, we focus on this in E72 Eating for Hill Drills.


What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin.


How to maximise the bioavailability of turmeric so you receive maximum therapeutic value.


Ideas on how to include turmeric in your runners food plan:

  • Blend it into a to smoothie
  • Add to porridge
  • Great in curries e.g. sweet potato and lentil curry
  • In soups e.g. Caulifower and turmeric soup
  • Add to dips
  • Add it to scrambled eggs or tofu
  • Spice up a homemade hummus
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Make turmeric tea – in a similar way to the ginger tea
  • Enjoy a Turmeric latte 


A simple recipe for Golden Turmeric Latte.

300ml of almond milk blended with ¼ teaspoon of powdered turmeric, ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and cinnamon with ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of black pepper.  You may drink it cold or warm it gently.


Our favourite turmeric supplement is Your Zooki Turmeric.

 What do we like about it?

·      1 sachet contains 750mg of curcumin (the active part of turmeric) which is a therapeutic dose in one sachet – often when you buy turmeric in capsule or tablet form you’d need to take several capsules per day to reach that amount. 

·      As with all of Zooki products the nutrient is wrapped in a lipo-shield which forms a protective barrier around the curcumin which helps deliver the nutrient through your digestive system so you get maximum benefit from the supplement

·      It’s tasty and convenient – I consume mine straight form sachet – some of my clients add to water or as an ingredient in smoothies, yoghurt or fruit. The sachets are also easy to pack when you’re travelling

·      I sachet a day is great as a foundational supplement. I sometimes increase the number of sachets if I’m recovering from an injury or illness – however do take professional advice if considering this.

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When added at checkout, this discount code will provide you and your friends and family with 20% off the entire Zooki range, including bundles and subscriptions.

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We discuss:

The Effects of Curcumin Supplementation on Muscle Damage, Oxidative Stress, and Inflammatory Markers in Healthy Females with Moderate Physical Activity: A Randomized, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Clinical Trial


We discuss:

Modulation of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage, Inflammation, and Oxidative Markers by Curcumin Supplementation in a Physically Active Population: A Systematic Review


The risks involved with taking turmeric or curcumin when taking certain medications

If you’re taking other medications, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or nutritional therapist before adding turmeric to make sure it doesn’t interact with your medication. 

Here are a few things to consider when taking turmeric:

·      Turmeric is considered a uterine stimulant, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

·      Turmeric may thin your blood, so avoid it if you are taking blood thinning medication or you’re planning to undergo a surgical procedure.

·      Turmeric may also interact with some anti-depressant medication so before you take it please ask your doctor, pharmacist or nutritional therapist for advice

·      In some people, turmeric may cause an upset stomach, so don’t add this to your supplement plan right before race day. If you experience digestive upset, cut back on the dose or leave it out altogether. We always say don’t try anything new on race day!


Key Takeaways

1.    The key active nutrient in TURMERIC is curcumin.

2.    Bioavailability of curcumin may be enhanced with the addition of peperine and fat to aid absorption.

3.    Runners may consider using turmeric as anti-inflammatory support for exercise-induced muscle damage, for example after hill drills or as a natural alternative to painkillers.

4.    The minimum optimal dose to achieve a positive impact would be recommended doses between 150 and 1500 mg/day.

5.    If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, pharmacist or nutritional therapist before taking turmeric supplements.

6.    Use our special discount code RUNNERSHEALTHHUB20 when purchasing Your Zooki Turmeric Supplement Sachets. When added at checkout, this discount code will provide you and your friends and family with 20% off the entire Zooki range, including bundles and subscriptions.To find YOUR ZOOKI All you need to do is visit our website:https://runnershealthhub.com/our-favourite-supplement-brands/

Related Topics:

E53 Painkillers for Running

E72 Eating for Hill Drills

E77 Autumn Food for Running


The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and

advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact

your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.

Aileen Smith and Karen Campbell host RUNNERS HEALTH HUB. A place for like-minded female runners who are looking for simple ways to support running performance, energy, endurance, and general great health.

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Aileen and Karen



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Aileen Smith

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We have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living. She Runs Eats Performs for female runners of all abilities who are looking for simple ways to improve their running performance and their health with nutrition and lifestyle.
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