This article will be guiding you on how to make the most of one of the worlds most powerful foods - Turmeric. In addition to the main ingredient, we put in an abundant amount of Omegas, Protein, and even Glutamine to give your body an internal massage and recovery sensation. See our Turmeric Truffle Recipe at the very bottom of this post.
Why Should I Care About Inflammation?
The quick over is this: Inflammation is the hidden culprit that's keeping you from your ultimate human and athletic potential. For unhealthy adults, inflammation leads to disease. When it comes to athletes, inflammation can actually reduce your training results.
Mild aches and pains are part of the game, right? But when the problem persists into chronic inflammation, you start running into issues such as your muscles breaking down, reducing strength and size, as well as an increased susceptibility to injury and illness. When your body cannot repair itself from training and you keep hammering away at your programming, DOMS can set in 24-72 hours post workout and leave you with severe muscle aches (read more about DOMS by clicking HERE).
How To Reduce Inflammation
Whether you're an athlete or an everyday health enthusiast, it's important to try to reduce inflammation within the body. No, we're not talking about the puffiness that arises from a sprained ankle or a banged up knee. We're talking about is the inflammation inside the muscle in the tissues, and ligaments.
Training: 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 ringer. 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.
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.
Nutrition: 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. This is where supplements come in handy. Supplements are meant to bridge the gaps in your nutrition to fuel your health, wellness, and athletic performance.
Why Make 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.
Turmeric Truffle Recipe: Each Ingredient Has a Purpose
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quebecol, a molecule found in maple syrup, has properties for fighting the body’s inflammatory response.
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.
L-Glutamine - RESTORE:
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. (Read More Here)
Whey Protein Isolate - PROFORM:
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**
Used for taste & anti-inflammation. PB has about 4.5 grams polyunsaturated fats per serving, nearly 8 grams of monounsaturated fat in each 2-tablespoon serving, it has a low glycemic index rating and it boasts 49 milligrams of magnesium (~12% recommended daily intake value).
Vanillin, what is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties