Obesity is a disorder where there is excess accumulation of fat in the body. This leads to excess body weight. Obesity brings along other dangers of heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes.
It is observed that obesity affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents in the U.S. and one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.
Any person having his/her BMI from 25 – 29.9 is said to be overweight. If his/her BMI is 30 and above, he/she is said to be obese. If BMI is 40 and above, he/she is severely obese.
Childhood obesity occurs when the weight of the child is high above the normal bar for his/her age and height. This happens due to a variety of reasons mainly due to the overexposure to unhealthy fat rich junk food, and comparatively very less activity.
Even factors such as lack of breastfeeding at the time of infancy has been linked with childhood obesity.
Adult obesity mostly occurs from poor exercise, fluctuating sleeping and diet patterns, and of course, intake of fatty foods. Adult obesity, if not curbed in good time, leads to other health complications like diabetes, cancer, strokes, etc.
Consequences of obesity are many. Disorders and diseases like osteoarthritis, higher rate of mortality, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, etc.
How Turmeric Benefits In Weight Loss
Many plants contain different naturally occurring chemicals which hasten the process of weight loss. Turmeric is one such plant. The phytochemical “curcumin” plays a crucial role in facilitating weight loss.
- Turmeric reduces fat mass and accelerates diet and exercise induced weight loss
- It helps detoxify the liver, which is the essential organ for burning fat.
- It improves digestion
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect, hence reduces obesity- induced inflammation
- It reduces Type 2 diabetes associated with obesity.
- Obesity reduces the expression of antioxidant enzymes. Turmeric increases the antioxidant level in such people.
- Curcumin changes white fat cells (bad fat cells) to brown fat cells (good fat cells).
- Curcumin lowers bad cholesterol levels.
- Turmeric enhances rate of metabolism (breakdown of food particles and formation of energy).
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions. (Should you take turmeric if you have gallstones?)
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
Curcumin, one of the active ingredient in turmeric, has many benefits in the area of weight loss.
Turmeric helps in digestion and metabolism. It even protects the body from various side- disorders which accompany obesity. One can just incorporate turmeric in required dosage in their diet and hasten weight loss!