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Can Turmeric Help You Lose Weight?

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The older we get, the harder it is to lose weight, but maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for preventing a wide range of diseases and maintaining a high quality of life.

The difficulty in dropping pounds as we age is partly due to the natural loss of muscle mass, which reduces our metabolism, and partly due to declining levels of estrogen and testosterone.

There is no such thing as a miracle weight loss pill, but there are plenty of naturally occurring substances that, when used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, can help you lose unwanted weight. Turmeric is one of these.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is that bright yellow spice that gives curry its color. It's produced from the dried rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant, which is a relative of ginger. Turmeric is commonly used in Indian and Asian cooking and herbal treatments, and for good reason: It contains a compound known as curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory.


Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine--and, increasingly, in Western medicine--to promote healthy liver function, reduce inflammation, and treat pain and skin problems, among many other uses.

How Turmeric Can Help You Lose Weight

Obesity causes inflammation throughout your body, which can lead to high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Turmeric helps suppress inflammation in your fat, muscle, and pancreatic cells. Reducing inflammation helps your body function more optimally, including improving your fat burn.

Additionally, according to a study on mice by Tufts University, curcumin can suppress the growth of fat tissue. Turmeric is also known to aid digestion, which can help you stay regular and reduce gas, bloating, and constipation.

How to Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Lifestyle

Unless you really love the flavor of turmeric, you may not be able to use enough in your cooking to make much of a difference in your weight loss or overall health. But you can sure try. Add turmeric to your vegetables, Asian and Indian dishes, smoothies, and even salads and salad dressings. Sprinkle it on meat before cooking and add it liberally to soups and stews.

If you prefer to get your turmeric in an easier-to-take pill form, try Thrive Naturals' Turmeric Curcumin. Turmeric Curcumin supplement contains 1,300 milligrams of turmeric/curcumin complex with 95 percent curcuminoids in each capsule. It also contains BioPerine, a piperine extract that helps the body better absorb the curcumin.


Use turmeric as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. For the most optimum weight loss possible, strive to get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, and incorporate strength training into your day twice a week to build muscle and increase your metabolism and fat burn.

Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and other plant-based foods and lean proteins. Move your body as much as possible throughout the day to keep your metabolism humming along, and supplement with turmeric and a daily multivitamin to keep your body's systems functioning optimally.




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