Marley may be trying ketogenic dieting and has already ordered keto diet pills to support her, but on my side of this blog, I’m going to see what turmeric for weight loss will do. I’ve been interested in this for a while. In fact, I know I’m pretty late to the party. Pictures of golden lattes and vibrant yellow additions to smoothies and to sauces and rubs on different dishes have come and gone in my social media.
Now That it’s Not Trendy, I’m Ready to Try Turmeric for Weight Loss
Okay, I admit that this is not going to be a very scientific research-based weight loss experiment. I don’t have any real experience in science and am not going to pretend that it comes naturally to me. Still, I’m going to try turmeric for weight loss and see if I see or feel any differences along the way. I’m not dumb enough to think that I’m going to see two extra pounds of body fat magically melting away for some reason every week. I just want to know if it’s going to have some kind of impact that I can detect.
Why am I Choosing This Spice?
I didn’t just decide to try turmeric for weight loss just because it’s gone out of fashion. To me, that’s just the funny part. When I finally get around to trying it, it’s not really considered the thing to do anymore. That’s such a me thing to have happen! But here’s why I decided to go for it anyway.
To start, in case you don’t know much about it, turmeric is a bright yellow spice. It’s usually powdered before it’s included in recipes. It comes from a root, but most of the time, it’s sold dry and powdered. That’s definitely how I’m going to be using it. There are capsules of it, but that’s not the route I’m taking. In my totally unscientific experiment, I’ll be examining the impact on including a lot of it in my diet, not taking it in supplements.
This spice contains a substance called curcumin. That’s where all the hype and noise get going about it. Curcumin is an antioxidant compound that also has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also believed to be good for overall health. From what I’ve seen, it needs to be taken with black pepper for the body to be able to use these compounds, so I’ll take that into consideration with the recipes I choose. People use it for everything from food to drinks and even in skin care these days. I’m not going to put it on my skin. I’m going to take this stuff internally, just like cupcakes…hmm…I’ll need to see if I can find some kind of wild and crazy turmeric cupcake recipe!
Is There Research?
Other than the unscientific “research” stuff I’m doing, the answer is yes and no. There are some early studies, but not major long-term ones.
If you start googling for as long as I did, you’ll come across research about turmeric for weight loss in a lot of journals. These include:
- Frontiers in Pharmacology, and Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders
- The European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Studies
Impressive, right? Yes, Holly can do her homework when she wants to. The studies in both those journals connected curcumin to weight loss and BMI reduction. Not bad for an innocent looking spice!
That’s my plan for now. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. If you’re interested in more details along the way, I’ll share my thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.