It’s no exaggeration to say that turmeric is the spice of my life! When my doctor told me that my genetics and my weight are putting me at greater risk for heart disease than is normal for my age, I knew something had to change.
I completely flipped my lifestyle on its head. I started exercising daily, took to eating the heart healthy Mediterranean diet and started supplementing my daily diet with turmeric. I must preface that this wasn’t the first time I’ve drastically changed my diet. But I found that each time I did, any weight I lost was quickly regained. Reducing weight in my midsection was particularly problematic.
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This time, I took my naturopath’s advice and supplemented my diet with turmeric. And it made all the difference! Recent studies have made some interesting findings about turmeric that support my experience with it.
Turmeric for Weight Loss
A recent study conducted in South Korea has established that curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is capable of turning “bad” white fats into “good” brown fats. Confused? It’s no surprise considering many people still don’t know that our body’s fats are composed of a ratio of good (brown) and bad (white) fats. The different fat cells have equally different uses throughout your body. Brown fat is transformed into energy and heat in the body while white fat is primarily responsible for the storage of energy for future use as fatty tissue.
In obese people, brown fat is deficient while white fat is abundant. Only recently has science proven that white fats can be transformed into brown fats, so it’s exciting to see that turmeric, one of the most widespread spices, is a promising weight loss supplement.
The Korean study identified four mechanisms that allow curcumin to encourage the browning of white fat cells:
- It alters the genetic tendency of cells towards brown fat cells.
- It promotes the creation of new mitochondria in your cells to replace mitochondria damaged by obesity.
- It increases the levels of proteins responsible for the breakdown and suppression of fat.
- It improves your metabolic processes by increasing the activity of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).
Turmeric and Inflammation
The effects of turmeric on weight loss isn’t solely based on its effects on your ratio of fats. Turmeric has been found to effectively reduce inflammation, a major symptom linked to obesity. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effect on your cells has been shown to reverse insulin resistance, and other symptoms associated with obesity. By curbing these major symptoms, you make it easier for your body to keep off weight gain.
The Many Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric isn’t only great for weight loss but has been shown to be effective in treating a number of health issues including:
There’s no doubt that turmeric is a superfood! Read this article to find out how much turmeric you should be taking. If you’ve been struggling with obesity, jumpstart your weight loss by making lifestyle changes and supplementing with turmeric.
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