While exercise and diet cannot be replaced in terms of weight loss, there is apparent evidence that certain natural substances (i.e herbs and spices) may increase the rate of burning fat. Based on recent studies, turmeric may help in regulating body metabolism, which plays a vital role in weight management. Indeed, taking turmeric for weight loss does not only treat myriad diseases and disorders, it is also a very healthy spice to add to your daily diet.
There are several theories proposed behind the weight loss benefits of turmeric. Curcumin, the main active component of turmeric, plays a huge part in blocking the deposit of fat and controlling sugar. A number of researchers think that dietary curcumin could stem the spread of fatty tissue by suppressing the growth of new blood vessels called angiogenesis, which is required in building new fat tissue.
In a 12-week animal study, 18 rats were sorted into groups of six and were fed with special diets. The control group was fed with 4 percent fat, the second group was fed with 22 percent fat diets and the third group was fed with the same high fat diet plus curcumin. After 12 weeks, results revealed that rats with high fat diets with curcumin got a reduction of body weight and total body fat compared to the other groups. The treated group also had less blood vessel growth, with low levels of triglyceride, blood glucose, fatty acid, liver fat and cholesterol.
Another theory about the effectiveness of turmeric for weight loss is its ability to cause thermogenesis in the body. The term thermogenesis means the process of producing body heat in organisms. It happens when the central nervous system activates the fat burning mechanism to keep the body’s temperature. The spice components in turmeric bind to capsaicin receptors, thus even increasing the rate of thermogenesis. In addition, beyond the effect of thermogenesis in weight reduction, turmeric also supports the detoxification process of the liver. The liver is considered the mot vital fat-burning organ and this activity slows down if the liver becomes overworked.
Good news for people suffering from obesity: turmeric may prevent impending inflammation of vital organs. The inflammation that is accompanied by obesity is due to the presence of macrophages in the fat tissues. Macrophages produce cytokine molecules that cause inflammation of the organs. The medical science searching for methods to understand obesity have recommended that suppressing the activity and number of these cells, along with turmeric may possibly minimize some of the negative consequences of obesity.
Studies concerning curcumin and its relation to weight loss are still in the infancy stage. Before making broad statements that levy the potential of turmeric for weigh loss, much more research involving human trials should be conducted. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with putting this spice into one’s daily diet, as it causes no harm or side effects. Researches suggest using curcumin or turmeric as dietary supplement with a dose of 1 1/2 teaspoon per day. Take note that even though you are spicing up your food with turmeric, it is still more effective to balance it with diet and exercise.