It is fair to say that the phrase “Anti-Inflammatory Preload” is almost incendiary, after all, who in their right mind would flush their body with anti-inflammatory drugs just in case they got hurt.
I started obstacle racing in 2014 at the ripe old age of 46, so was I bound to get hurt and hurt I got, frequently. Luckily I’m very resilient and bounced back, quite literally after most incidents, however, it wasn’t the cuts and bruises that were the problem, it was the connective tissue around my joints that really starting to complain, despite being a gym rat I hadn’t “run” since I was at school. Like most, I reached for the cheapest anti-inflammatory I could find and ate them like smarties, however, my infinitely wiser better half had a far superior idea. Why wait until you are hurt, why not keep a constant supply in your system, that way as soon as you get injured your body has everything it needs to repair itself, wise words indeed, but how.
NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have possible long-term side effects, including but not limited to high blood pressure, ulcers, kidney failure, heart failure, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, so they were out. That left natural remedies of which I was mainly ignorant, but once again proving that I had married well Helen came to my rescue. She began to ply me with various concoctions and supplements and I would go out, do stupid things and see how I healed. It took a few months for my body to become “flooded” with the compounds it needed but the results were marked, to say the least. Knee pain was no more, sore hips were a thing of the past and my Achilles' tendons ceased to burn (an added bonus was that bruises disappeared almost overnight, but there are extra potions at work here and I will discuss those in a separate article).
So what are these miracle compounds? For me, there are four that I take every day Curcumin, Quercetin, Bromelain and Ginger. The Curcumin and Ginger I take in the morning in the form of “Golden Paste” and the Quercetin and Bromelain I take before bed along with a Curcumin top up, this time in capsule form not paste. As mentioned above consumption has to be regular, these are not magic pills you need to keep their active ingredients in your bloodstream at all times. That being said there are benefits to high dosages after an injury, but research is required as with all active compounds you need to understand what they are doing to your body.
There is a fifth compound that I have tried, Tart Cherry but I feel its benefits have been masked by the consumption of the Curcumin, Quercetin, Bromelain and Ginger, and to be honest I’m not prepared to reduce my intake of the first four just to see what happens with the Cherry, but the studies I’ve read indicate it is a worthwhile addition to the supplement regime.
All over the compounds described are available to purchase online, including Golden Paste should you not wish to make your own, however, as with all health products it is important to research the quality of the product on offer. We use Cytoplan and Lamberts for our supplements and use certified organic ingredients when making Golden Paste, not always the cheapest option but when it comes to health we go for the best products we can get.
To conclude, it has us taken around 2 years of trialling different combinations to find the optimum regime, but that is my optimum, you are likely to respond differently to the compounds listed. So rather than discuss dosages, plans and regimes I’m just going to leave a list of resources and let you get stuck in, but if you have a question please drop me a line.
Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). It is sold as a herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavouring, and food colouring.
Source - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin
Quercetin is a flavonoid widely distributed in nature. The name has been used since 1857 and is derived from quercetum (oak forest), after Quercus. It is a naturally occurring polar auxin transport inhibitor.
Source - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercetin
Bromelain is a protein extract derived from the stems of pineapples, although it exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit. The extract has a history of folk medicine use. As a culinary ingredient, it may be used as a meat tenderiser.
Source - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromelain
Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine.
Source - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger
A mix of Turmeric powder, water, ground black pepper and oil (either olive or coconut). To be fair it takes a bit of getting used to taste-wise, but a teaspoon full is soon washed down with water.
Loads of recipes here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/turmericusergroupuk/
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a drug class that groups together drugs that reduce pain, decrease fever, and, in higher doses, decrease inflammation.
Source - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsteroidal_anti-inflammatory_drug
Tart Cherry Extract
Source - PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).