Turmeric supplementation improves markers of recovery in elite male footballers: a pilot study

Clayton, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5481-0891, Burbeary, R., Hennis, P.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8216-998X, James, R.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7119-3159, Saward, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-9363-3410, Colledge, A., Scott, R., Gilpin, S., McMahon, R. and Varley, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-3607-8921, 2023. Turmeric supplementation improves markers of recovery in elite male footballers: a pilot study. Frontiers in Nutrition, 10: 1175622. ISSN 2296-861X

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Football match-play causes muscle damage and provokes an inflammatory response. Rapid recovery is paramount to optimising subsequent performance and reducing injury risk. Turmeric contains high concentrations of curcumin, a polyphenol that has been shown to reduce muscle damage and soreness post-exercise in recreational exercisers. However, it is unknown whether a curcumin-containing supplement can support elite footballers recovery between matches. This applied study explored whether a turmeric supplement could improve performance, subjective and physiological markers of recovery, in elite male footballers. Twenty-four elite male footballers divided into a turmeric group, who consumed 60 mL of a turmeric drink twice per day, or a control group who did not. After 96 h of rest, baseline measurements of subjective soreness (leg and whole-body), plasma creatine kinase ([CK]), plasma C-reactive protein ([CRP]), isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) and counter movement jump (CMJ), were collected. Following eight competitive matches, subjective leg and whole-body soreness and plasma concentrations of inflammation markers ([CK] and [CRP]) were assessed immediately (0 h), 40 and 64 h post-match. Performance markers (IMTP and CMJ) were also assessed at 40 and 64 h post-match. Percentage change from baseline showed a main effect of group (p = 0.035, p = 0.005) and time (p = 0.002, p = 0.002) for both leg and whole-body soreness, respectively. There was a group by time interaction effect (p = 0.049) for [CRP]. There were no effects of turmeric on [CK], CMJ or IMTP. This applied study is the first in elite footballers to show that a curcumin-containing supplementation may attenuate a biomarker of inflammation [CRP] and soreness post-match play.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Nutrition
Creators: Clayton, D.J., Burbeary, R., Hennis, P.J., James, R.M., Saward, C., Colledge, A., Scott, R., Gilpin, S., McMahon, R. and Varley, I.
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date: 24 May 2023
Volume: 10
ISSN: 2296-861X
Rights: © 2023 Clayton, Burbeary, Hennis, James, Saward, Colledge, Scott, Gilpin, McMahon and Varley. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 25 May 2023 10:38
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 10:38
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/49075

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