Turmeric for Weight Loss
The Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric Part 3
One problem that has been increasing especially in America is obesity, or having too much body fat for your age and height. Reports show that more than 1/3 of American adults suffer from obesity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention even reports that 16% of American children are also suffering from obesity. In short, millions of people need to lose weight.
Obesity can lead to other health problems, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, liver problems, sleep apnea, gallstones, and so on.
There can be several causes to obesity, such as eating too much, too much alcohol intake, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism, menopause.
Taking Turmeric Leads to Weight Loss
To combat this, some people resort to surgery. But there are natural ways to fight back against obesity.
Following a strict diet and exercising is the best way to achieve weight loss and rid yourself of obesity. In maintaining a strict diet, adding certain spices such as Turmeric to your food has been proven to be effective to help you achieve weight loss.
Studies have shown that adding turmeric to your food for weight loss may aid in preventing fat from regrowing after weight loss has been achieved.
In May 2009, the Tufts University published a study in Journal of Nutrition about the effects of Curcumin to fat cells. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, was injected into the fat cells of mice. Curcumin prevented the growth of new blood vessels within the fat. This in turn reduced weight gain.
Other studies have also shown that turmeric will help increase the flow of bile in your stomach. This in turn helps break down the fat in your body. In fact, taking one teaspoon of turmeric before you take your meal will help your body break down the fat that leads to weight gain. Taking turmeric helps suppress fat growth.
Turmeric also helps combat resistance to insulin, and helps manage your sugar levels. This prevents you from keeping extra fat in your body, while also helping you to avoid diabetes. If you already suffer from diabetes, taking turmeric will help you manage your glucose levels.
Taking turmeric and other spices (such as chili powder, cumin, ginger, mustard, cayenne pepper) also helps increase your metabolism, which will cause you to burn more calories.
So to help achieve weight loss and combat obesity, do the following: exercise regularly, follow a strict diet, and add spices such as turmeric to your food intake.
How much turmeric should you take for weight loss or weight management? In India, the daily average consumption is 60 to 200mg of curcumin, or 2 to 2.5 grams of turmeric.
If you are taking other medication such as aspirin, medication to lower blood pressure, diabetic medications, anticoagulants, it is advisable to first consult your doctor before taking turmeric.
If you want to read more on the health benefits of turmeric and how it helps you achieve weight loss we recommend this excellent ebook on turmeric.
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