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Turmeric - The Golden Child of Recovery Supplements

Turmeric - The Golden Child of Recovery Supplements

Here at The Musclestache we are a little bit obsessed with recovery, and because of that, we are so happy to see recovery gain the spotlight it deserves. Adequate recovery means better workouts, less missed workouts, and less chance of injuries. 

Although there are a number of tools that can be used for recovery, what you put into your body can greatly impact recovery as well.  A rising star in recovery supplements right now is turmeric. Keep reading to find out why this golden supplement is worth its weight in gold and should be added to your post workout routine.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a root found in Southeast Asia and India.  Its flavor profile is bitter and earthy and has a peppery spice to it.  It is most commonly associated with the taste of curry but is also what gives yellow mustard its hue.  As it is growing in popularity it is also showing up in golden milk lattes and turmeric smoothies.  It is often purchased in a powdered form, but it can sometimes be found in its natural state which resembles a piece of ginger root.

What Makes Turmeric Great for Recovery?

Turmeric is the golden child of recovery supplements right now (pun intended). Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, is an anti-inflammatory which makes it great for post-workout inflammation. Turmeric also can help relieve arthritis and can help with acne.  Turmeric is also associated with other health benefits such as cancer prevention, antioxidant capabilities, improved brain function, and lowering the risk of heart disease. 

In terms of recovery, turmeric can be used in place of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories without the harsh side effects.

Currently, there are no known negative side effects to using turmeric as a supplement.  In addition, the timing of when turmeric is taken (i.e. before or after a workout) seems to not greatly impact the effects.  A daily dose of turmeric for anti-inflammatory properties is 500-1000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day.

Try a Turmerice Smoothie This Week

Convinced that turmeric should be a part of your routine?  Grab some turmeric capsules at your local supplement store, and try a turmeric smoothie this week:


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Pineapple chopped roughly
  • 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 piece fresh ginger
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk

Put all ingredients in blender until smooth and enjoy!

The Takeaway

Supplements are a great way to increase performance from the inside out. Turmeric is a great alternative to NSAIDs for anti-inflammatory effects, as well as many other health benefits. Try adding turmeric to your smoothies, lattes, or take as a supplement to recover faster and get ready for your next workout!

Do you take turmeric on a daily basis? Let us know on social media!  We would love to hear how it has changed your recovery routine!