8 Awesome Benefits Of Turmeric In Weight Loss [UPDATED]

One of the most common health hazards of modern time is excessive fat deposition in the body. A very large portion of the human population is affected by it all over the world.

Being overweight is the condition of energy imbalance in the body. This imbalance is reflected as storage of fat.

The energy imbalance is caused when our calories (a measurement of energy) intake is higher than what is used by the body for the metabolic processes such as breathing, regulation of body temperature, digestion etc.

The calories that we take in come from the food we eat or drink. The amount of energy that is left after the use in bodily functions is stored for the future use. This energy is stored in liver cells as glycogen and as triglycerides in the fat tissues.

The energy imbalances may also be caused by other factors such as hormonal disorders like, hypothyroidism. Certain genetic disorders and medications can also cause the weight gain.

When the weight gain is excessive, it is called as obesity and leads to other complications such as metabolic syndrome, hypertension, artherosclerosis, diabetes etc.

Obesity is an increasing social and medical problem all over the world and refers to having too much body fat.

However, it is not like being overweight which refers to weighing too much. A person maybe overweight because of extra muscle or bone or water retention in the body.

Both result in a person having more than the recommended healthy body weight.

This could cause a host of medical problems like osteoarthritis, gallstones, liver problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea etc.

Apart from eating too much, obesity can be caused by excess alcohol consumption, menopause, hypothyroidism, not exercising etc. The first step to fighting obesity or being overweight is to start a weight loss program.

This includes following a strict diet, exercise and in some cases even surgery.  

What is turmeric?

Turmeric scientifically known as Curcuma longa, is one of the most relished spice. It belongs to the family Zingiberaceae, to which many spices belong.

The rhizome of turmeric is used in dried or fresh form in cooking, cosmetics and traditional medicines.

It has numerous bioactive compounds that endow several medicinal benefits to this spice. The most active and versatile of these compounds is the curcuminoids, especially curcumin.

The other compounds that are present in turmeric are volatile oils, Vitamins (B&C), Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, α-linolenic acid, proteins, carbohydrate, fibres etc.

These compounds provide turmeric with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, analgesic, thermogenic properties and many more.

8 Awesome Benefits of Turmeric in Weight loss

The diverse biological activities of turmeric can have very positive implications on the process of weight loss. These activities not only promote weight loss but can also help in combating the complications related to the obesity.

1.Turmeric prevents fat accumulation and hastens fat loss

Accumulation of fat in the adipose tissues or other tissues such as those of stomach and liver is characteristic of excessive weight and obesity.

The white adipose tissue in the body is the major fat accumulation site.

Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) in the white adipose tissue is linked to the fat accumulation in the obese people.

In order to reduce this fat accumulation the angiogenesis in white adipose tissue needs to be targeted.

Turmeric can be useful in this. The turmeric constituent, curcumin can prevent fat accumulation in the adipose tissues.

In a study, it has been shown to modulate the metabolic activities in the white adipose tissues that prevent angiogenesis. This in turn results in decreased fat accumulation.

Curcumin has also been found to decrease the size of adipose tissues, i.e. lower fat accumulation in over-weight patients. The body measurements of these patients showed significant reduction of fat.

Moreover, it has been observed that turmeric along with sulphur can prevent fat deposition and improve the lipid profile of blood and liver in over-weight individuals.

What does it mean?
It means turmeric can prevent the fat accumulation in the adipose tissues and other organs. This can be useful in avoiding further weight gain in over-weight or obese people. Thus, this can be very helpful in managing weight.

2.Turmeric can accelerate diet induced weight loss

Diet is a very important component of weight management. The calories that we consume through our diet require check in order to prevent weight gain.

Reduction of high fat diet intake and consumption of food that help in weight loss is useful.

There are several dietary products such as spices like turmeric which assist in the diet induced weight loss.

The carbohydrate fraction of turmeric is not absorbed in the body which is helpful in fat reduction and prevention of weight gain. Also, the dietary fibres of turmeric help in this.

Other studies have also shown the efficacy of turmeric (curcumin) in accelerating the weight loss induced by dietary changes.

In a study, overweight individuals were put under weight loss treatment through diet and lifestyle interventions. Some of them did not show significant weight loss and were then treated with curcumin.

These individuals after the curcumin treatment showed an enhanced weight loss. There was a significant increase in fat reduction and BMI was also found to decline considerably.

What does it mean?
It means turmeric use can assist and accelerate the weight reduction induced by diet. The dietary fibres and non absorbable carbohydrates of turmeric assist in this.

3.Turmeric promotes browning of white adipose tissue

Brown adipose tissue in humans has a significant function of heat production. This heat production comes at a cost of combustion of glucose and lipids.

This novel action of the brown tissue is gaining popularity as a therapeutic potential against obesity.

It has been observed that white adipose tissue can undergo browning and become an energy liberating tissue instead of a storing one.

There is a role of norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter) in the function of the brown adipose tissue.

The turmeric constituent, curcumin is found to be a promoter of browning of the white adipose tissue. It elevates the levels of norepinephrine which induces the browning process.

This action of curcumin in turn can prevent obesity by promoting burning of accumulated fat in the body.

What does it mean?
It means consumption of turmeric can promote burning of fat by inducing browning of fat storing white adipose tissues. This can be very effective in preventing excessive weight gain.

4.Turmeric has thermogenic action

Thermogenesis is a metabolic process that involves burning of calories in the body for energy expenditure. This process promotes the weight loss.

Increasing thermogenesis in the body through diet is seen as a practical and feasible approach towards the weight management.

Many dietary products such as green tea and spices are known to promote weight loss through thermogenesis.

Ginger, another spice of Zingiberaceae family is known for its thermogenic action. Its components gingerols and shogaols have been identified as potent themogenic substances.

6-gingerol has been found to regulate metabolic rates in animal model.

Turmeric has presence of these components therefore, it has a potential of being a thermogenic substance.

What does it mean?
It means intake of turmeric in diet can promote weight loss by its thermogenic action. An increased metabolic rate in the body burns the calories and stored form of energy and thus promotes weight loss.

How Turmeric Helps in Weight Loss Naturally

5.Turmeric suppresses inflammation associated with obesity

Inflammation is greatly associated with obesity or excessive fat deposition in the body. In cases of obesity, the accumulation of pro-inflammatory substances (IL-6, TNF-α etc.) has been found.

Adipose tissue produce substances called adipokines, some of these such as IL-6 and TNF-α have inflammatory action. In case of obesity or excess fat deposition, the inflammatory action of these adipokines leads to production of oxidative stress.

This inflammatory response further leads to other diseases like, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes etc.

Turmeric being an anti-inflammatory substance can be very effective in targeting the inflammatory action of adipokines.

Curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action is known to target the obesity associated inflammation. It down-regulates the activity of adipokines and up-regulates adiponection (regulates glucose and fatty acids levels) and thus decreases the oxidative stress caused by inflammatory adipokines.

What does it mean?
It means use of turmeric can reduce the inflammation and associated oxidative stress and thus be useful in preventing the disorders related to the obesity.

6.Turmeric has anti-diabetic action

The risk of diabetes is one of the most common among over-weight or obese individuals. Therefore, prevention of this disease becomes very important.

Turmeric comes in handy here as well. It is known for its efficacy in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of the curcuminoids, especially curcumin have great anti-diabetic effect. These substances lower the blood sugar levels.

Curcumin has also been found to be significantly active against the diabetes associated with obesity.

What does it mean?
It means turmeric consumption can reduce the risk of diabetes among the obese individuals. The anti-diabetic effect of turmeric can be useful in the treatment of diabetes among obesity patients.

7.Turmeric prevents metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is another prevalent risk factor associated with obesity. Fat accumulation around abdomen causes metabolic changes that cause metabolic syndrome, i.e. the risk factors that lead to coronary heart problems.

The reduction in weight can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Turmeric is an efficacious agent against metabolic syndrome as well. It lowers the cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood sugar levels, and collectively acts against the condition.

Turmeric along with black seeds has been found to be very effective in the metabolic syndrome prevention.

What does it mean?
It means use of turmeric can help in prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome among the obese individuals.

8.Turmeric reduces depression

Depression is another complication associated with obesity and overweight that has detrimental effect on the patients.

Many studies have confirmed the relationship of obesity and depression both ways, i.e. obesity can lead to depression and vice-versa.

The metabolic disturbance caused in the body by obesity is linked to the depressive behaviour in the patients. These disturbances include inflammatory signals, insulin resistance and hormonal disorders.

Turmeric is known for its anti-depressant like activity. Curcumin increases serotonin and dopamine levels that lead to reduction of depression.

What does it mean?
It means consumption of turmeric can be helpful in the reducing the depression related to obesity and overweight. The anti-depressant like activity of turmeric can also be useful in preventing the risk of obesity caused by depression.

Dosage of Turmeric for Weight loss

The specification regarding dosage of turmeric for weight loss is not established. Turmeric is a safe product for regular dietary use.

The bioavailability or absorption of turmeric by the body however, is a matter of concern. (Read How to improve turmeric’s bioavailability?)

Turmeric’s bioavailability can be enhanced by the use of Golden Paste (black pepper and healthy oils are added to turmeric paste).

Golden Paste can be prepared using turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root.

Turmeric consumption should be started little by little for people who do not include turmeric in diet daily. Initially, the intake should be quarter to half a teaspoon per day for a week. The quantity can be raised slowly by a quarter or half a teaspoon every week.

The quantity that is most recommendable is 1 to 2 teaspoons 2 to 3 times a day (specifically 1 teaspoon 3 times a day).

In an empty stomach, turmeric consumption should be avoided. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux?)

Turmeric consumption at the same time of as medicines is not appropriate. Turmeric and medicine intake must be at least 3-4 hours apart. (Read Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?)

Turmeric dose cannot be same for everyone. It varies depending upon individual. The dose tolerated by one’s stomach decides the suitable amount to be taken by the person.

Turmeric milk and Turmeric tea are some tasty alternatives for turmeric consumption.

Check out our recommendation on best organic turmeric brands, if looking for some good organic turmeric brands.

Turmeric supplements can be a feasible option for turmeric use. However, in order to avoid any adverse effect of the supplements it is important to consult a medical expert.

Precautions

Dietary use of turmeric is regarded as very safe. Many cuisines use turmeric regularly as a spice and no adverse effects have been recorded due to its culinary use.

While using turmeric supplements, some precautionary measures are necessary to take. (Read Side effects of Curcumin, Side effects of Turmeric)

Acid reflux may be caused by consumption of turmeric in an empty stomach. Turmeric’s use in on an empty stomach must be avoided, as it can result in acidity. (Read Does turmeric cause acid reflux?)

Curcumin in turmeric interferes in drug metabolism activity. Though dietary turmeric should not pose any risks, if taking large doses of Golden Paste or curcumin supplements then avoid taking it at the same time as taking any medication. Maintain a 3-4 hour gap.

Bleeding disorder patients should not consume turmeric. Although dietary use of turmeric is safe in bleeding disorders but turmeric supplement should not be used. Turmeric supplements have constituents in concentrated amounts which may result in problems as turmeric has a blood thinning activity. (Read Is Turmeric a blood thinning agent?)

Limit turmeric consumption in case of risk of gout and kidney stones. Turmeric in large quantities can raise the risk of developing kidney stones (in sensitive individuals). (Read Is turmeric safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stones?)

Turmeric is a stimulant of bile flow. If one is suffering from gallstone, this may lead to bile duct obstruction, causing pain and other problems. (Read Is Turmeric Consumption Safe In Gallstones?)

Discontinue taking turmeric supplements if you are scheduled for a surgery. It is suitable to stop using turmeric supplements around 2 weeks prior to a surgery. Being a blood thinner, turmeric can interfere with the process of blood clotting after a surgery.

Avoid using turmeric supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .

Conclusion

Turmeric’s potential in weight loss is immense. It has a diverse range of action that helps in weight reduction as well as prevention of fat accumulation.

Turmeric prevents fat accumulation by its anti-inflammatory activity and its ability to turn white adipose tissue into brown. It also increases the rate of metabolism in the body.

Turmeric is also helpful in combating and preventing the complications that arise due to obesity.

Moreover, depression caused by obesity or obesity triggered by depression can be avoided by the use of turmeric.

It can be inferred that turmeric is a reasonable and feasible option for weight loss.

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  1. I started taking Natures Truth Turmeric Curcumin with Pepper Extract 500 mg back in April. I have been taking 1 in the AM and 1 in the PM. I have also been eating healthier. I swear the Tumeric has given me more energy to help with my weight loss. I have lost 15 lbs since I started this. I am very happy with this product!

  2. I am Meaza from Ethiopia I am proud of myself to see how Turmeric doing best for our body and every part of entire life with out any side effect . Wow !!! I want to be a member of this site and need important books and how to buy ?

    1. Hi Meaza. We are glad to hear that you appreciate the health benefits of turmeric. Please like our Turmeric For Health page on Facebook (you will find the box with Facebook page link in the right hand side column) and also sign up for our newsletter so that we can keep you updated on latest turmeric research. Any other queries please email us at [email protected] and we will try and help you with the same.

  3. Turmeric is one of the most powerful substances for weight loss. The phytochemical “curcumin” plays a crucial role in facilitating weight loss & its related metabolic disorders. While increasing your intake of turmeric isn’t a lone strategy for weight loss, it may help you mitigate the inflammation associated with obesity and give you a boost in fat burning. Thank you for sharing its benefits with us.

    1. Hi. We have not come across any scientific evidence that suggests turmeric may help in nasal polyps. However turmeric may help mitigate causes of nasal polyps such as asthma, infections, allergies etc and may help reduce inflammation. You can take Golden Paste as an add-on therapy. Please consult a health practitioner regarding the treatment for nose polyps.
      Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric

  4. Hi
    This is a great site about turmeric and curcumin. But recently I have read a 2017 paper saying that turmeric is basically ineffective and masks inflammation and does not give the usual health benefits that it is has always been well known for. If true, then this is very disappointing about turmeric.
    Here is the highly prestigious scientific paper: The Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcumin
    Nelson et al., (2017). J. Med. Chem., 2017, 60 (5), pp 1620–1637
    ACS publications.
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00975

    1. Hi. Thank you for mentioning the reference. We would have to research before we get back with a definite answer. Curcumin in turmeric is found to inhibit both COX and LOX pathways and can regulate more than 10 biochemical targets in order to inhibit inflammation, so there is no reason as to why it would mask inflammation. But yes the effect can be concentration dependent and one must take into account its poor absorption as well.
      We will research as well as get an opinion on this and get back about it.

  5. Hi,
    I have pcod and planning to make detox water using fresh turmeric root. I already have a heat body so was wondering if this root causes heat or cold to the body. Pls reply. Thanks in advance.

    1. Turmeric benefits in oral and gastric ulcers. It is advisable to include turmeric in diet in small amounts at initial stages.

    1. If you do not face any stomach problems or acidity issues you can consume turmeric tea on an empty stomach. But to avoid acid reflux like conditions it is advised to take it after meals.

  6. Hi…my aunt is taking turmeric tea … ingredients are turmeric one third tea spoon , cinnamon,black pepper and ginger in hot water and taking it empty stomach in the morning and 20minutes after dinner ..but it is causing bloating. Plz suggest me how to take this tea in night ..I am confused whether to take it just after dinner or how.

    1. Hi Vivek. The ingredients of the tea is great for digestion. Ginger and turmeric are carminatives so they shouldn’t cause bloating. Rule out other causes of bloating first. However if you are sure that the tea is causing bloating then its best to consume after a meal say after breakfast in the morning and immediately after dinner at night. 20 mins after dinner is fine. If you are still facing bloating avoid consuming turmeric as tea.

    2. I find that I have done very well specifically in that I was 360 pounds and now I’m at 290 and I drink it twice a day not eating after 6pm and drinking a cup at around 7pm and after being up in the morning for about an hour. but I do add a teabag of green tea.

  7. I have noticed an increase in my ability to fall asleep, quality of sleep and my energy. My skin is looking better, I have also noticed more energy. My belly is gradually getting flatter. I have hypothyroidism, and while I eat a real, mostly organic diet, I have noticed these extra benefits over the last month. Since I have started drinking golden milk every night. I simply mix 8 oz. almond milk with 1/2 tsp of organic ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp of organic ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of organic ground ginger, a pinch of black pepper, and a drizzle of local honey. I warm it in the microwave, gradually, and viola! My mother does not like the taste of turmeric and therefore I have started her on a turmeric supplement. She has osteoarthritis and chronic pain in her hip, knees and ankles from a traumatic car accident. She was hardly able to walk through the house without having to take several prescription pain medications. After 3 months of taking a turmeric supplement she can now walk 1 1/2-2 miles a day! She is now completely off of all of her prescription medications (heart pills and cholesterol pills), including pain medications. Needless to say, I am a believer!

    1. This is fantastic, Lisa. Thank you for sharing this. We are glad to hear that turmeric has benefited you and your mother. Wish you and your family great health!

  8. I have rheumatoid Arthritis I take 800mg for inflammation. I have lost 14 PDs recently due to the fact I am moving and are move active because the Tumeric has got rid of my pain

    1. Hi. The effect of turmeric on weight loss depends on the individual but needs to be combined with good diet and exercise.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/scientific-research-on-turmeric/curcumin-formulation-aids-in-weight-management
      This study shows that curcumin can cause weight loss of 1kg every 10 days.
      Also we do not manufacture any products but we do recommend products that can be utilised to make Golden Paste.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

        1. It is advisable to take Golden Paste.You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/scientific-research-on-turmeric/curcumin-formulation-aids-in-weight-management

    1. Yes absolutely you can add turmeric powder to your oatmeal. Around 1/4-1/2 tsp should be fine depending on how you like the taste.

    1. Turmeric supplements have blood sugar lowering effect and this effect could add to the action of diabetes medication lowering blood sugar abnormally. Therefore they are not advised if you are already on medications but recent research shows that it is safe to take curcumin/turmeric supplements with certain anti-diabetes medication. Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe and you can take it therapeutically for diabetes.

  9. I recently started using turmeric but with flax seed meal and I saw results in a week, I loss 5 pounds and was happy to see the difference in my clothes. I mix the turmeric and flax seed in my cereal, my soup and my hot chocolate at nights which gives me a good sleep.

    1. How much flax seed and turmeric do you add to your cereal? Also, what type of cereal are you adding the flax seed and turmeric are you adding? Are you doing anything else to assist with your weight loss

  10. Please advise on the time period that you can expect to lose weight, am 84 kilos currently and using a size 14/38 jeans, my goal is to fit into a size 10/34, please assist

  11. I make the turmeric paste, I’m a breast cancer survivor, diabetic, with high blood pressure and the works. It’s been two weeks mixing in with lemon juice and cinnamon and honey, I like it with warm water like a tea only in the morning. My skin is clearing and inflammation is less painful. I also give it to my two dogs, a pit and beagle Mic

  12. I personally believe that everyone starts out before some research thinking that high carb low fat diet is the healthy/best diet. So every few years somebody comes out with a new diet that is not high carb low fat, Atkins/keto.
    The reason these diets work is how people lose weight better. With high carb diets you need to eat more often but smaller meals than a more balanced macro diet. With higher fat/protein diets you don’t need to eat as much because you feel more full but is usually more calorie dense.
    Paleo is also along the same sort of lines where it is more balanced but its focus is on more natural foods. Eating less processed food is good for you and often makes you feel better because processed food is made to taste good not be healthy.

    1. There has been much research on turmeric and lipoma but turmeric has anti-tumor properties. You can take The Golden Paste 1/2 to 1 teaspoon and raise the dose to 1-2 teaspoons twice a day gradually as to how it suits you. Here is the recipe: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      It will require a month’s time to see any visible difference. If you observe a difference such as shrinkage in size then you can continue the therapy.

      1. I can attest to this. I have been drinking golden milk and never realized this until one day I noticed that a knot on my shoulder was simply gone. I thought about what all I was taking, and it had to be the golden milk. I checked on a lipoma on my chest and it was half it’s size. Also one under my breastbone…almost gone….one on my arm near the elbow….soft and squishy where it had been hard….one on the inside of the same arm…flattened out but still there. I have been making sure I get some turmeric everyday and it’s nice to have a guide to dosage so I can step it up a bit. I also get these whiteheads in hair follicles and swollen lymph nodes when I use regular deodorant. I have been prone to boils as well. These have all gotten much better if not downright disappearing. I did a quick search tonight to see if there was a connection…and you made it for me! I now try to substitute my evening meal with two tbspns of peanut butter with honey and a mug of golden milk. If I can’t, I make sure I take turmeric capsules and coconut oil and peppe

        1. Lois, it is simply amazing to hear that turmeric benefits you in many ways. Thank you for the feedback and appreciation

  13. Where do you buy the tumeric? Health food shop? If powder how much per day, a teaspoon, a tablespoon ? Do you mix it with water? Hope someone can give right instructions.

    1. What I do is… I grade a small part of turmeric bulb (really small part) n mix it in boiling milk .. U can add a teaspoon of honey to it… It is really beneficial!! Hope it helps u.. 🙂

    2. Facebook has a turmeric group that I’m on.. It answers all your questions. Another Awesome aspect of turmeric is that its safe for your pets to ingest mixed properly with their food. No side effects.

    3. I take a teaspoon twice a day of turmeric. The organic turmeric, I found it in Target. Really helps with weight loss as long as you are reducing your caloric intake daily. It helps when you reach a plateau.

    4. Turmeric should be available at any Indian spices shop or a grocery store. You can check our recommendations at http://www.turmericfor health.com
      You can start with 1/2 to 1 tsp Golden Paste and increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day. For the powder the dosage is 1/2 to 1 tsp. It should be taken with oil and/or black pepper since they increase the absorption. Curcumin the active ingredient of turmeric is insoluble in water.https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

    5. Golden milk is a delicious way to add oil and pepper as well since they make the turmeric more effective. Look up the recipes and choose one that uses coconut oil. If you like chai lattes…you should like this.

  14. Hi every one !
    Turmeric has a great effect on the Human health. it works as a antibiotic on various type of healthy issue. I think to gain the fitness goal with choosing right food running also include in a regular basis. through Treadmill running is so much enjoyable. you guys can check out to find the latest and various type of treadmill as you demand.

    1. How much tumeric are you mixing into the soy milk ? I purchased the organic powder and I believe the guy said take a teaspoon full a day but just once a day or all with meals?

  15. I just started using turmeric for weight loss and insomnia. Read that using about 1 tsp in about 2 cups of coconut milk (I used that carton kind), along with 1/4 tsp. of pepper and honey or real maple syrup to taste. Warm this, but do not let it come to a boil. It was very good, and I fell to sleep easily last night. It was called “Golden Milk” in the article. I hope this works as well on my weight reduction. I also started sprinkling turmeric and pepper on my eggs, as I read turmeric needs pepper to be absorbed good.

    1. Hi! I’m not fat but hade some extra kilograms after having two babies in my 40 ties . So one month ago I started drink milk with turmeric, cinnamon and honey in the morning before the breakfast and before to go to sleep…. it works wonders! Iv lost 4 kg and this drink just give a kick to my metabolism !!! The kg are just disappearing !!! Even without sport activity! Of course I’m not ‘ pigging out ‘ with food, watching what I’m eating. I’m so so happy!

        1. It wouldn’t be doing anything.. Turmeric first has to contain curcimum. Organic is best.. Cheap brands msy be low grade. Use quality coconut oil.. Not milk the fat in coconut oil helps the body absorb the turmeric, without the carrier oil it will go straight through system.
          Black peppercorns grounded. Contains pipirine and mixed together you have your golden paste.
          Tablespoon 3 times a day in food or milk yum and healthy.. Safe for furry friends to consume too
          Go to Facebook turmeric users group for golden paste cooking method. Honey mainly for taste.
          Hope helps.

    2. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is great to hear that turmeric helps with insomnia, since there hasnt been much research on this. Keep a tab on the amount of honey you use. It should help in weight loss.

  16. I know I am a bit late to post, but I just heard of this herb. I have really bad arthritis in my left foot and it is deformed due to an accident. I have went from 252 lbs to 170lbs and now can’t loose anymore. Due to my disability I can’t exercise like a regular person would. So, my question is since I want to use the powder and not the supplement, and I want to use it for both weight loss, and health benefits how much should I take and how often? I have several problems due to an auto accident. I spent a year in a wheelchair and learned how to walk again. I have also had 13 surgeries from both of my feet being crushed. My right foot/ankle has 5 pins and a plate in it, and my right foot has 16 pins and 5 plates in it. I have noticed that my feet aren’t as bad since I lost the weight, and I’m sure that that’s a natural occurrence. If I could loose the last 40 lbs I feel that I would feel even better. I am so excited to try this, and any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi with the powder just start out with a small amount of T and fresh ground pepper to see how your body and its organs react to it. if you enjoy the taste of both like I do…
      then just increase the amount you add to your meals!

    2. 1/2 cup powdered organic turmeric..1 cup or so of water 1.5 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper. 1/3 cup coconut oil. Need oil to absorb turmeric into the body
      Method.. Mix turmeric and some of the water together in a saucepan over medium heat and add water to stop getting too dry stirring and watching don’t let it burn for 10 minutes or so.. Get a good consistency.. Then add coconut and pepper.. Stir in. Let cool. Put in glass jars. Use within 2 weeks.

  17. I have been doing various forms of intermittent fasting, mostly Brad Pilon’s “eat stop eat” or Michael Moseley and Mimi Spencer’s 5:2 Fast Diet since January. On fast days I eat nearly all of my 500 calories in one meal. The rest of the time I have a flat spoon of turmeric (just ordinary powder form the health food shop or the supermarket) mixed with a flat spoon of veg stock powder in a mug of hot water to make a thin consomme type soup. I have this mixture about 4 or 5 times on “fast” days. Since January I haven’t lost a single ounce, I am in the healthy BMI range so that’s fine, but I have lost 3 inches from my waist – this might have happened anyway due to the fasting, but I am going to continue with the turmeric, I’m finding it all very do-able, even if it’s just the placebo effect of taking a “medicine” to help me

    1. Dietary turmeric is safe for diabetics. Turmeric has blood sugar lowering properties and hence supplements are not recommended when you are already taking blood sugar lowering drugs.

  18. Hi, I have been taking Turmeric Curcumin on & off for awhile. I am obese, have depression, & Fibromyalgia. I read in this thread that someone takes 2000 mg? Is that right? & is it the spice? Or another form? & what is DE & where do you get it, & Bromain? This thread has really caught my interest, hopefully someone will help with my questions. Thank you Missy H

    1. Hi Missy,
      I understand your situation. I was 265lbs now down to 21 lbs in 14 weeks.
      I have been starting my day with juice (with my juicer). It’s made with a full bunch of celery (great for depression), 6 carrots, 6 green apples, a zucchini or a cucumber. I started out drinking this daily for 2 months, but have since cut it down to 4 times a week. I have a chicken broth with onions, garlic, tumeric and cracked black pepper and olive oil, once a day.
      I have cut out all processed foods, tea, coffee, soft drinks etc.. and definitely no processed sugar.
      Believe it or not, ive not once craved chocolate or red meat (and I was a meat and 3 veg girl), and enjoy being free of my fibro myalgia, depression, headaches, lethargy, reflux.. oh the list goes on!
      If you’d like to check out a great website, it’s called ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’.
      I wish you all the very best x

      1. Thanks Samantha I am looking for ways of improving my health after being diagnosed with vertigo and fibromyalgia would b glad to hear of any natural ways to help feel better–normal?!

    2. It needs to be cooked for greater effectiveness. Turmeric is nice for mild curry flavour.. But for pure medicinal reasons see my comment and recipe previous. Add coconut oil to aid the absorption into the body and black pepper contains piperine which is a powerful ingredient that all combined will give you almost immediate effect.. With no ill effects in most cases.. Also give to your pets they love taste and keeps them very healthy. I freeze my golden paste in little blobs and then put in jars in fridge and then take one or two blobs 3 times a day.. Very convenient. With rice..in my coffee.. Yes yum.. Soup .. Nutribullet.. Whatever you like. Your body will thank you for this. Peace and Love

      1. I make it into a tea..I heat a 12 oz coffee cup of water…I use a 1/2 tsp turmeric, a 1/2 tsp of ginger, a pinch of Ceyenne pepper, and a dab of lemon juice..I drink 3 cups a day…breakfast, lunch and dinner…in just a little over a month I’m down from 209.8 to 182.8…but I exercise regular and watch what I eat as well..I’ve gone from a 14-16 pants to a size 10 and am in a large shirt where I was in a 2x-3x

      1. It may aid weightloss but don’t expect miracles if you live an unhealthy lifestyle.
        It helps to detox liver..and helps with a lot of illness and may even prevent some cancers.

  19. I was recently diagnosed with MRSA. I decided to take turmeric as well as the prescribed antibiotic. However, after going through four antibiotics I found none that worked for me. So I’m taking 2,000 mg of turmeric a day. This has had the added benefit of breaking through my weight loss plateau. I used to think that 165 pounds and a US size 16 was the smallest I could get, because my ribs were bony at that weight. I carried it well, and even the doctor thought I couldn’t lose any more weight. Three weeks later, I’m now 155 pounds and between a US 12 and 14, and lost a band size on my bra. I’m excited. My family was into natural healing and had tried a lot of things in conjunction with a vegan diet and lots of exercise, and I still only hit a US 16. I haven’t been this weight since I was 15, which was 18 years ago.

    1. Hi Revenwyn, thanks 🙂 While we have heard people loosing weight with turmeric, this is by far is the quickest !

    2. Does the turmeric make you smell bad when you sweat? Because I know that’s what happens when you eat is as a spice I food, but if you were to make you’re own capsules with it that would release the turmeric inside you’re stomach, would you still smell? Basically my question to you is, when you ate this for three weeks, when you worked out or sweat at all, did you smell badly of turmeric?

      1. If you handle it too much you get yellow stained hands or kitchen top gets bit stained.. No bad smell though.. Oil get stains off. I use coconut oil

  20. I start take tumeric for inflammation and it greatly reduce the pain and burning .but I notice I was at the same weight I was for the past 4 month and I eat all the junk food I can get my hands on, but befor the tumeric if I smell junk food I put on the weight I even eat Icecream late at night and no change in my weight, so I strongly believe it works

  21. TUMERIC IS EXCRETED TO THE BREAST MILK. INFANTS DONT HAVE A DIGESTABLE GUT TO PROCESS A SPICY HERB LIKE TUMERIC. THUS SIDE EFFECTS MAY BE SEEN IN QUANITIES OF AN ADULT DOSE

    1. Hi, when you take turmeric as a spice there seem to be no issues. Millions of mothers in India include turmeric in diet when they are breastfeeding.

      1. Thats what I was thinking! I ate tumeric all the way through my pregnancy and breast fed both my children who are now strong healthy teenagers 🙂

        1. Oh really….interesting!!! Shell how did you incorporate Tumeric in your daily diet? As tea or spice for food?

  22. I’ve been using turmeric powder every other day for about a month and a half… I am losing weight and my cellulite seems to be smoothing out along with my skin really benefiting, also my digestive system has benefited… Very little gas and seems like it detoxes the body. Great for inflammation and joint pain. I’m sold. Oh yeah…belly fat melting away!

    1. How much Tumeric powder do you take and how o you take the powder? How many times per day do you take it? Please need a Ton to f help and need, need help with joint pain and weight. Thank you so, so much!

  23. Turmeric helps losing weigh for sure. No matter how much I eat, I always stay skinny. When I stopped taking turmeric for a long period of time, I had a hard time to stay skinny. The reason I quit taking turmeric because I didn’t have to make them. This Summer I have time, so I make a lot of turmeric tiny balls. I mixed turmeric powder with honey and make tiny balls so that I can swallow easily.

  24. I have used 2 tbsp. of organic Turmeric Spice every day for over 2 months now along with Diatomaceous Earth (DE). I have lost 20-30 lbs. over the course of four months (unintended consequence but very happy I did). I initially started using both due to high cholesterol (BAD cholesterol was 300 – high in February). As of May 6th of this year bad cholesterol was 210 which is well within the normal range.

    1. Hi Jennifer, the research is referenced. Just look out for the light brown words in the article. It will point to links.

  25. Should dosage of tumeric be relative to weight? If a100 pound person takes 1200 mg a day, should a 200 pound person take 2400? My Vitamin Shoppe brand of tumeric says to take one 300 mg capsule twice a day, but that just does not seem like it would be enough to acheive good results for my knee pain.

      1. People taking tumeric supplement and getting good results are listed on several reviews, such as web md, or even amazon. If you have problems with tumeric as help to lots of common afflictions please list . From the feedback I have read of its users, it seems to be very beloved. I am using tumeric along with bromelain for my knee, and it seems to be working.

        1. Jack, there are several potential issues:
          1) Overdose is very easy
          2) You are just taking curcumin, turmeric is much more that curcumin. for example eating apple is not same as taking Vitamin A supplement. Apple is much more than that
          3) I recommend turmeric to be part of life and as a supplement it always remains as a medication
          4) You cannot control the quality of a supplement. It is much easier to do so with powder
          5) Supplement is much more expensive than powder.

          I am not saying users will not benefit, but I believe the above points make a strong case to take turmeric powder and not supplement.

          But again, if you wish you can always take supplements.

          Hope this helps.

          1. If I have the roots instead of the powder, does it work still, I beat it and boil it with ginger and Moringa

          1. This should state ” just started on supplements. First time with turmeric. Amazon has many positive reviews regarding supplement version. Hoping it helps me. Glad to ser jacks positive review. Might consider powder if no luck with supplements.

  26. “It must not be consumed by diabetic patients, those with gallbladder problems and pregnant and breastfeeding women.”

    Why shouldn’t diabetic patients take turmeric?