In recent years turmeric has attracted quite a bit of interest for its natural healing properties, but did you know that it has also been used medicinally for over 4,500 years around the world? This natural healing component for the sick contains a healing property called curcumin; a compound that has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Recent studies have shown that turmeric may also play a role in weight loss. Due to its compound curcumin, adding turmeric to your daily routine has been proven to reduce body mass, weight, waist circumference, leptin levels, and increase adiponectin levels.

But the question is, how much do you take?

Turmeric may suppress fat tissue growth

According to a study conducted at Tufts University, curcumin can suppress fat tissue growth. With proper eating and exercise, curcumin has been proven to have protective effects against weight regain and impaired metabolic control.  

Incorporating turmeric into your daily routine, along with exercise and eating healthy, is a long term preventative factor. Like exercise and eating healthy, consuming turmeric isn’t something that you can do short term or temporarily. To see and feel the results, exercising, eating healthy, and making those turmeric smoothies are life long decisions.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation

Did you know that inflammation is one of the factors that generally cause obesity? Turmeric decreases cholesterol and fatty acids, which in return reduces weight gain and fat accumulation in the liver and adipose tissues, and improves serum lipid levels and insulin sensitivity. All of these factors contribute to obesity and simply incorporating turmeric into your daily routine can help regulate the body and keep everything functioning at optimum capacity.

Turmeric may help regulate sugar levels

Another way in which turmeric helps in losing weight is by regulating sugar levels and further preventing insulin resistance. This results in excess fat that is not retained by the body.

Curcumin, turmerics natural healing component, helps block nuclear factor-kB, a protein transcription factor. This factor is involved in inflammatory responses throughout the body and becomes activated when blood sugar levels are high.

“Turmeric is trending big time. You’ll find it in lattes, golden milk, immunity shots, and energy bars.” – Health.com

Turmeric Tea Recipe First, pour a cup or two of water into a saucepan and boil it. Once the water comes to a boil, add a dash of turmeric. You can also add a stick of cinnamon or a dash of ground cinnamon for flavor and its health properties (cinnamon also helps reduce inflammation and aid in weight loss). Stir well and enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Curry Recipe When you are presented with options (like cauliflower) that aren’t so appealing for healthy eating, creativity is a must! Incorporating turmeric into curries, rice dishes, and desserts regularly will turn those not so appealing recipes into your most desirable dishes.

Turmeric Milk Recipe You have probably heard of the very popular drink “golden milk”. Golden milk is another word for turmeric milk. Heat the milk for about six to seven minutes on medium flame. Pour the milk into a glass and add the turmeric powder. Stir well and enjoy!

Common Questions and Answers

Q: How much turmeric should you take a day?

Although there are no official dosage guidelines for these supplements, most research suggests that 500–2,000 mg of turmeric extract per day is sufficient to see potential benefits.

Q: How much weight can you lose while taking turmeric?

Most doctors recommend a safe amount of 2 pounds of weight loss per week. To achieve this, calorie consumption has to be reduced by 500 to 1,000 calories per day.

Q: How long does turmeric take to work?

A recent analysis of research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food on turmeric extracts concluded that 8 to 12 weeks of treatment with standardized turmeric extracts can reduce pain due to arthritis, compared with placebo.

Q: Can you take turmeric at night?

Initial mice studies have found that turmeric can protect against oxidative damage and sleep deprivation. Slip this super spice into your bedtime ritual to relax, improve mood, help depression, and potentially lower your anxiety levels.

Q: Is it safe to consume turmeric every day?

Turmeric is safe for most people when consumed in amounts found in food. But turmeric can have side effects when taken in large doses. Some supplements contain up to 500 milligrams of turmeric extract, and their labels recommend taking four capsules per day.