Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McAllister, Matthew J.

Committee Member

Lamberth, John

Committee Member

Smith, JohnEric William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Oxidative stress (OS) and inflammation can be detrimental to exercise performance. Antioxidants such as curcumin are shown to reduce exercise-induced OS, inflammation, muscle damage, and soreness. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of curcumin on biomarker markers of OS (MDA, TAC), inflammation (TNF-á), muscle damage (CK) and soreness. Participants performed an exercise-induced muscle damage protocol. Before and after supplementation, subjects were randomly assigned to curcumin (1.5 g/day) or placebo for 28 days. Blood was sampled immediately before and after exercise, as well as 60 min, 24, and 48 h after exercise. No significant differences were observed for biomarkers of OS or inflammation. There was a treatment X condition interaction for CK, where CK were significantly lower post supplementation in the curcumin group (p < .0.0001). Curcumin resulted in significantly lower muscle soreness compared to the placebo (p = 0.0120) overall. In conclusion, curcumin may reduce muscle damage, and soreness without affecting the natural OS and inflammatory response to exercise.