The Asian spice is key in converting white fat, which stores calories, into brown fat, which can burn energy – reducing fat.
A 2009 study found that people with more brown fat have lower body mass indexes – so this could be key in aiding your weight loss.The study from Korea found that curcumin, found in turmeric, changes white fat to brown fat in at least four ways.
It enhances brown fat specific genes, encouraging the growth of brown fat.
It stimulates cells to make new mitochondria, which act as a stomach for each cell to break down nutrients, meaning more fat can be broken down.It increases fat-degrading processes in the body and helps to prevent new fat production as well as improving your metabolism and the suppressing of new fat production.
The spice can also help to detox the liver, an organ that helps with fat burning.
Turmeric can lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing weight gain.