Used in cuisines across the globe, turmeric may also hold some great health benefits. It has been used in India for many years as an essential spice for curry as well as a medicinal herb.

For the American population alone, using this herb could be a great practice to follow since a whopping 1/3 of the population suffers from obesity.

Could turmeric benefit those seeking weight loss?

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Although some of the benefits seem to arise because of turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin, here is what could potentially be a full list of turmeric benefits for weight loss and other health benefits.

Weight Management

Turmeric has been shown to increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugar in the diet. It may also prevent the regrowth of fat after weight loss. Sprinkle a teaspoon into each of your meals during cooking or in your favorite shake recipe.

Fat Burning

Cinnamon has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, piperine (black pepper)  may interfere with the formation of new fat cells, cayenne may improve abdominal fat loss and turmeric fights back formation of fat cells as well.

Add some black pepper, cinnamon and cayenne to your turmeric spice mix and you could potentially have yourself a metabolism boosting, weight loss potion.

Detoxing

Our bodies are continually burdened with the toxicities surrounding our everyday lives, such as the air we breathe, non-organic foods, and highly processed, package foods.

Turmeric is a great addition to our diets since it is believed to have detoxifying effects. Ridding our bodies of the toxic burdens opens pathways for better health: In addition, the curcumin in turmeric may also stop the action of a liver enzyme that causes those environmental toxins to turn carcinogenic.

Control Diabetes

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Turmeric, or rather the curcumin found in turmeric, may help to moderate insulin levels, control glucose and assist in the effects of medication used to treat diabetes.  How can this add to the turmeric benefits for weight loss?

Typically with diabetes, there is a concern for body weight and desire for weight loss. Adding turmeric could be a great way to fight both health concerns.

Antioxidant Booster

As is known by many, when our bodies are well equipped to fight back free-radicals, it is easier to fight back disease, illness, wear and tear from workouts and all forms of stress placed on our bodies when going through a weight loss program.

Turmeric contains antioxidants that can fight back, keep you healthy and allow you to continue on to another great workout.

Relieves Arthritis

Although not seemingly related, when our bodies are relieved of the pain and suffering caused by arthritis, we are more apt to head to the gym or outdoors for a run. As shown on WebMD, turmeric is one natural way to help relieve arthritis.  In essence, this can be seen as an indirect weight loss benefit.

Immune Booster

When we feel our best and are free of common colds and illnesses, we look forward to those days in the gym and preparing healthy meals. Turmeric is full of great nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

With a healthier immune system you are sure to experience a more successful trek towards weight loss goals.

For better absorption

If you opt for a highly concentrated supplement of curcumin, be sure to take it with black pepper and a fatty meal. The black pepper can enhance the absorption by up to 2,000% and since curcumin is a fat soluble substance, it will be better absorbed when fats are present.

To reap the best benefits, buy turmeric in its whole form, as opposed to ground. Or, you can find a reputable source for extracts of turmeric and curcumin, since a majority of the studies conducted had cited using highly concentrated doses.

Supplement users beware

Turmeric may slow blood clotting and lower blood sugar when combined with certain medications. Even in some stories told many years ago, warned women who were pregnant or in pre-pregnancy stages, to limit excessive and concentrated forms of consumption.

Be sure to share your supplement use with your treating physician and registered dietitian. turmeric benefits weight loss

What is your best line of defense for safe and effective weight loss?

Clean eating, exercise, plenty of rest and time for yourself as well as spending time with your loved ones.

Resources:

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/10-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

http://wellnessmama.com/5297/turmeric-herb-profile/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662&activeingredientname=turmeric

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/18/turmeric-health-benefits-curcumin_n_5978482.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/247386-turmeric-weight-loss/

https://www.yahoo.com/health/best-spices-for-weight-loss-109354773263.html

http://food.ndtv.com/health/10-foods-that-suppress-your-appetite-leave-you-feeling-full-737154

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/

http://watchfit.com/diet-plans/turmeric-juice-cleanse/

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