Good health is everyone’s concern. Part of achieving and maintaining good health is having a healthy weight; however, it’s a life-long battle for many people.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 300 million people suffering from obesity worldwide, and 115 million of those people suffer from obesity-related issues such as heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
Turmeric, an ancient spice used for centuries in medicine is showing some promise in relation to weight loss. The primary antioxidant in the spice, curcumin, is fighting fat in a multitude of ways. Here’s the low-down on how adding turmeric to your daily routine may help you lose weight.
Turmeric Attacks Adipose Tissue
Obesity comes from fat accumulation in our adipose tissues and in organs like our liver and stomach. Adipose tissue’s job is to store fat and insulate and cushion the body. There are white and brown adipose tissues in the body. Brown adipose tissue plays an important role in the body’s heat production processes. In short, brown adipose tissue burns fat while white adipose tissue stores fat.
Curcumin prevents the accumulation of fat in our adipose tissues by increasing the levels or norepinephrine in adipose tissues, thus turning it into the brown, heat generating, fat-burning type of fat. It literally helps your body turn into a fat burning machine.
Turmeric Suppresses Obesity-Related Inflammation
Have you been hearing a lot about the Anti-Inflammation Diet and AIP Diet? It’s for good reason! Research is finding strong links between excessive fat accumulation and chronic inflammation. Why? Inflammation happens due to certain adipokines (cell signaling proteins like leptin) produced by adipose tissue, and it causes oxidative stress (a loss of balance between free radicals and the body's ability to counter them). This then leads to health issues such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
Curcumin attacks the inflammatory actions of the adipokines and reduces inflammation significantly when taken regularly.
Turmeric Prevents Fat Accumulation and Accelerates Weight Loss
Again, we go back to adipose tissue. Not only does turmeric attack existing fat in the adipose tissue, but it can also prevent fat accumulation. According to a 2009 study, curcumin was shown to moderate metabolic activities to prevent a process called angiogenesis; this is the process of forming new blood vessels in white adipose tissue which is linked to fat accumulation. When attacked by curcumin, fat accumulation decreased.
A European study in 2015 also showed that curcumin decreased the size of adipose tissues. Study participants underwent a diet and exercise change for 30 days and reported minimal results. For the next 30 days, they were given curcumin which showed significant success. Weight loss increased from 1.88 percent to 4.91 percent. Reduction of body fat was very impressive moving from 0.70 percent to 8.43 percent. It was shown that curcumin was quite successful in weight and body fat reductions.
In addition to these three major ways turmeric can fight fat, it also triggers weight lose indirectly. It helps to detoxify the liver, which burns fat. Turmeric has also been shown to improve digestion and enhance metabolism speed.
While turmeric can definitely enhance your results and give you some easy initial wins, it works best with healthy foundational behaviors. Consistently eat a healthy diet that is plant and protein-rich and low in saturated fats, fried foods, preservatives, and additives. Exercise every day to promote cardiovascular health, tone your body, and strengthen muscles. Get quality sleep each night to help keep inflammation and excess cortisol at bay. Finally, stay hydrated—your body needs water to fulfill the many processes that keep you happy and healthy.
By Team Turmerical