Turmeric, a known spice in cooking has also found applications in traditional medicine. It is also known for its characteristics to aid weight loss because of the bioactive compounds present in it such as curcuminoids, vitamins B and C, α-linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, sodium, potassium, volatile oils, fibers, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Now that you know some of the health components of turmeric, we will enlighten you more about how it remedies weight loss.
The main function of the liver is metabolism of fat i.e. breaking down fat and removing toxins. So basically, turmeric acts as a cleanser for the liver thus allowing it function optimally in digestion and metabolism thereby helping you lose weight.
Prevents fat accumulation
Turmeric possesses Curcumin which helps in reducing fat accumulation in adipose tissues and other tissues of the stomach and liver as these are the major fat accumulating sites in the body. The herb does this by modulating the metabolic activities that go on in the white adipose tissues thereby resulting to decreased fat and weight lost.
Turmeric contains shogaols and gingerols which aid in thermogenesis; a process where calories are burnt for energy production. This means there will be an increased metabolic rate which burns calories and induces weight loss. Green tea and ginger also have thermogenic properties.
Reduces risks of diabetes
Curcumin is an active compound in turmeric which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that lower blood sugar levels. The anti-inflammatory properties reduces chances of obesity and its antioxidant properties protect the body at the cellular level by suppressing inflammation in fat cells thus aiding weight loss.
Other Health benefits of Turmeric includes it antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties which acts as an antibiotic and fights against bacteria and fungus in the body. The positive effects of this herb in the stomach and brain has also made it applicable in therapeutic and medicinal health.
You can take turmeric as a fluid by diluting the powdery form in water, get the powder-filled capsules or by adding it as a spice to foods which is most common anyway, but I bet you didn’t know turmeric had all this many benefits, did you? 400-600mg three times daily is the recommended amount. There are so many healthy foods that aid in weight loss without you having to go hunting for pills that have detrimental side effects. Remember to eat well and exercise.