Inflammation is a natural, biological process that every human endures, as a response to injury, damage, or stress. While some inflammation is needed as it’s the body’s natural healing and repair response, too much inflammation, causing the body to be chronically inflamed, can lead to injury, sprains, strains, and other unwanted health concerns. By incorporating natural ingredients for inflammation into our daily diet, we can reduce our chances of injury and take a preventative measure against the signs of aging and even disease. Each ingredient in this Turmeric Coconut Truffles recipe serves an anti-inflammatory benefit with the sweet and subtle taste of vanilla, turmeric, protein and coconut shreds.
How To Reduce Inflammation Naturally
While many people opt to treat post-workout inflammation with prescribed, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, those treatment options can pose serious health risks. Turmeric can provide an all natural, safe, and effective treatment option, free of synthetic chemical constituents, and side effects to help treat joint inflammation and health.
By following programming that progresses at the right pace for your ability, you can obtain positive results such as increased size, strength and endurance without putting your body through the wringer. Another aspect you have to look at is if you have enough recovery time between workout sessions to repair and rebuild. In addition to reducing inflammation with the right programming, you'll also be reducing your chances of injury. In addition to this, nutrition is the other key to your anti-inflammatory success.
Food plays a bigger role in reducing inflammation then most people think. Nutrition should always come before supplements, but often we fall short of meeting and/or exceeding our daily nutrient intake values. Anti-inflammatory foods are those packed with omega-3 fatty acids such as turmeric, maple syrup, coconut and coconut oil, ginger, apples, fatty fish, and tart cherry juice to name a few. Turmeric Truffles are a great way to get your daily dose of natural anti-inflammatory (we go over the individual ingredients and their purpose below).
If you're unable to consume enough inflammation reducing foods in your diet, supplementation may be right for you.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Turmeric Capsules
Why Take an Anti-Inflammatory Supplement?
Post workout nutrition is absolutely essential to a successful recovery session. By lowering levels of inflammation in the body, you provide your muscles the ability to repair micro-tears with nutrients, blood flow and oxygen all while flushing out lactic acid and waste. Sounds nice, doesn't it? This means you maintain and build higher quality muscle, prevent injury, and feel better when you wake up
While supplements should never replace your nutrition, they can bridge the gaps in your nutrition to provide a well-rounded approach to your health and wellness. Here are the supplements for inflammation that we recommend with more information on each:
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Each Ingredient Has A Purpose
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Turmeric Powder
Curcumin not only gives turmeric the deep orange color, but it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent in the root. Curcumin stops inflammation at the molecular level. It has been used in medicine to provide anti-inflammatory effects that rival some of the best anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs without the negative side effects.
Curcumin is remarkably non-toxic and exhibits limited bioavailability. Curcumin exhibits great promise as a therapeutic agent and is currently in human clinical trials for a variety of conditions, including multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, myelodysplastic syndromes, colon cancer, psoriasis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Turmeric Supplement
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Cayenne Powder or Black Pepper
Capsaicin is the active chemical in cayenne powder has analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities. It's been used in medicine to treat gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, and pain and may be of use in certain types of cancer. Black Pepper has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Cinnamon Powder
Cinnamon primarily contains vital oils and other derivatives, such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. In addition to being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, cinnamon has also been reported to have activities against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Ground Ginger
Ginger is an herbal medicinal product that shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. While the hypothesis is still in testing, ginger may have a better therapeutic profile and have fewer side effects than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Flax & Chia Seeds
Both seeds contain an abundant amount of Omega 3 (ALA) fats in comparison to Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3's have anti-inflammatory properties while Omega 6's have pro-inflammatory properties.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Maple Syrup
Quebecol, a molecule found in maple syrup, has properties for fighting the body’s inflammatory response.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Coconut Oil & Coconut Shreds
High levels of lauric acid found in coconuts promote anti-inflammatory responses both when ingested and topically applied. Some studies have even found that extracts from coconut oil were just as effective as Indomethacin, a popular prescription pain medication.
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - L-Glutamine
The most abundant and naturally occurring nonessential amino acid in the human body. Nearly 90% of glutamine is produced in the skeletal muscles and it is one of the very few amino acids that can cross the blood-brain barrier, giving it the ability to freely enter the brain. It is vital in the process of nitrogen transport between tissues, in acid-base regulation, gluconeogenesis, and as a precursor of nucleotide bases and the antioxidant glutathione.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: L-Glutamine
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Whey Protein Isolate
While ingredients are working to prevent inflammation, BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and Whey Isolate found in PROFORM give your body the necessary nutrients to maintain and build muscle post-workout. **If these truffles are being made for wellness and not as a post-recovery, omit the protein powder**
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Whey Isolate
Natural Ingredients For Inflammation - Vanilla
Vanillin, what is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Truffles Recipe
Protein, Coconut, Peanut Butter, and Glutamine
Ingredients:1/4 cup Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne (or black pepper)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp ground ginger
4-5 scoops Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate
1/2 cup water
4 tsp coconut oil
5 tbs maple syrup
1 cup peanut butter (more or less depending on your consistency preference)
2 scoops Swolverine L-Glutamine Powder
5 tbs ground flax & chia seed powder
1 bag of shredded coconut
Yields ~16 truffles // 10 minute prep
- Sift all dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to the bowl. Mix together with a hand mixer on medium speed until batter is smooth.
- Lay out coconut shreds on wax paper. Using a small spoon, portion out mixture and roll in hands to form truffles.
- Roll the balls in the coconut shreds
- Place in fridge until cooled and enjoy
Swolverine’s Turmeric contains 750mg of Turmeric with 95% pure Curcumin and 5mg of Bioperine for optimal absorption, to help you reduce inflammation, recover faster, and improve your active lifestyle.
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