When your passions in life revolve around being active, looking after yourself becomes vitally important, especially as we get older. This is how dressage and fitness enthusiast Anne Evans came to discover the power of turmeric.
Anne, aged 57, from Cirencester, has been riding horses for 20 years and has a keen interest in gardening. Despite leading an active lifestyle, she began to find her joints were not quite what they used to be.
Anne, along with her husband, began to search the joint health ranges at various supplement companies. It was this research that led her to turmeric.
'I consider myself to be fit and active, however age does eventually creep up on you and you notice these little niggles occur on a more frequent basis,' says Anne.
'Those little niggles can have an impact on the amount of fun you have. I was determined that was not going to happen to me.'
Just over a year ago Anne’s search for a solution got underway. It led her to TURMERIC+, a supplement developed by Cambridge-based brand FutureYou.
'After much research with the help of my husband, a biochemist who has a very good understanding of how the body functions, I decided that the curry spice turmeric was something I should try,” she says. 'There are numerous published studies that demonstrate its benefits.
'The next challenge I faced was deciding on the best way to incorporate it into my diet.”
While millions of us love adding turmeric to an occasional curry, research shows that you need to consume it daily to really reap the benefits. There is also another obstacle that needs to be overcome; ensuring we absorb enough curcumin -- the good stuff in turmeric -- into our bodies.
Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that multiple scientific studies show to be the source of its benefits. However, curcumin only accounts for 3% of standard turmeric powder.
Anne decided to trial TURMERIC+ after discovering that it only contains the curcumin from turmeric, and that it is supported by more clinical studies than any other bioavailable turmeric supplement.
'It was the study at the Olympic Research Centre in Barcelona that really caught my eye. Knowing it was used by international footballers and elite athletes made me think it must be able to do something for me.'
The curcumin in TURMERIC+ is combined with lecithin in a patented combination that allows the curcumin to be absorbed by the body. Studies have shown that the formulation is 30 times more absorbable than standard turmeric.
It is now almost a year since Anne started taking TURMERIC+ and it is proving to be a real winner. Anne is horse riding, attending the gym, taking part in pilates and much more on a weekly basis. On top of that she is keeping up with day-to-day activities much more than she used to.
'I love the product and have told many of my friends about it,' she says. 'When you discover something this good, you need to share the benefits. It's consistent with my mantra of being fit for your life.'