Premier League footballer shares turmeric shots

Hal Robson-Kanu West Bromwich Albion
Hal Robson-Kanu West Bromwich Albion

Premier League footballer, Thomas “Hal” Robson-Kanu, admits that as a teenager he knew nothing about nutrition or natural remedies. ‘I understood the importance of protein and carbohydrates, so steak and pasta was my go to meal,’ he explains. That was before the West Bromwich Albion and Wales player had an ACL ( anterior cruciate ligament) injury. He says, ‘After the first ACL I spent a lot of time in the gym and so became increasingly aware of the impact protein plays in building muscle. This certainly sparked my initial interest in nutrition.’

Consequently,  in 2017 Hal founded The Turmeric Co which provides a powerful turmeric-based shot that ‘actually works’ according to Hal. After two rounds of reconstructive surgery at the beginning of a promising football career he found that the prescribed medication was causing him side-effects. So he went down the route of having  turmeric shots developed by The Turmeric Co, a company he founded. The shots provide 35g of fresh root (not powder) which is the highest amount of raw organic turmeric root possible, all within a bio-available formula that doesn’t sacrifice taste. The other ingredients in the mix also have beneficial health properties – ginger root, watermelon, pineapple, pomegranate and to enhance absorption, black pepper.

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory due to its vital ingredient, curcumin, so it is helpful for sports injuries and osteoarthritis (see  One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis). It is also claimed to be effective at keeping harmful cholesterol in check, easing depression, and is a powerful antioxidant, helping to fight infection and illness.

‘Turmeric is more than just curcumin (the only active compound used in turmeric supplements),’ Hal points out.  ‘There are over 100 compounds in the turmeric root which have been found to have potent pharmacological properties.  When the root is processed, many of these compounds are lost, and some supplements contain only extracted chemical curcumin. Traditional medicine has always used the whole turmeric root, and research is suggesting that the various compounds work synergistically together and can aid in the absorption of curcumin. Certain combinations of curcuminoids produce more biological action that any curcuminoid used alone.’

As well as Hal, several members of GB athletics and the National England rugby squad use the turmeric shots to help them recover from injury and stay fit. He adds, ‘The additional supplementation I found most beneficial were Omega 3 fish oils as well as Glucosamine and Chondroitin.’

Starting out as a home remedy the Turmeric Shot is now available online  in three flavours – turmeric, turmeric with ginger and turmeric with beetroot.

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