Curcuma domestica, also commonly known as turmeric, is a plant from which a popular spice by the same name is obtained. It is the yellow-orange spice with a somewhat mustard-like flavor that adds much of the color to curry dishes. That said, this spice has also been associated with a number of potential health benefits. These are attributed to the spice’s curcumin content.
Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory substance in the form of a naturally occurring chemical in the curcuma domestica plant’s root. It has been used medicinally for centuries for a spectrum of different reasons. More recently, it has become common for people to take curcuma domestica as a diet pill ingredient, as a supplement on its own, or in their food (or smoothies) in the hopes of dropping weight.
Many claims state that the reduction in inflammation that is associated with obesity can help an individual to be able to burn fat more quickly. Obesity does, after all, raise inflammation in the body in a subtle way. This inflammation increases the risk of certain conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Since curcumin in turmeric reduces inflammation, some believe that it can help to not only reduce the challenge in overcoming obesity, but also reduce the risk of some of those inflammation-based conditions.
A Tufts University study from 2009 suggested that regular turmeric from Curcuma domestica’s consumption can help to reduce weight gain. This was a limited study and was conducted on mice. The mice were fed a substantial amount of curcuma domestica and the blood vessels required for the expansion of blood vessels did not form. This helped them to avoid becoming fatter despite the fact that they were fed high fat diets.
That said, similar studies have not been conducted with human participants. There isn’t any evidence that similar results could be achieved through the consumption of turmeric in curcuma domestica supplements or by adding the spice to foods. While it is clear that this would increase the consumption of anti-inflammatory ingredients and it could potentially help to reduce inflammation in the body, weight loss results, on the other hand, have not been measured.
As a result, there has yet to be any evidence that the human body would respond in the same way to taking high doses of curcuma domestica. Still, as many people have found that taking it in their diets does not lead to any unwanted side effects unless they have an allergy, it is common to include it in smoothies, sauces, salad dressings and rubs on grilled meats. Some people even add it to macaroni and cheese or scrambled eggs. Whether or not it will make it harder to lose weight or easier to gain weight for those people has yet to be known.