Curcumin: A Winning Spice for Optimal Health and Weight Management
October 25, 2016 | 2,931 views
Spices can do much more than just add flavor to your favorite dish. They can help promote a healthier body and in this case, turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, is arguably one of the most beneficial spices there is.
Derived from the root of the Curcuma long plant, turmeric gives off a warm, peppery flavor that serves as the foundation for curry dishes. But aside from being a potent flavor enhancer, turmeric has also been used as a healing remedy since time immemorial.1
Curcumin Can Help Fight a Variety of Ailments
According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, curcumin can combat obesity-related conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Curcumin helps with weight management by reducing the blood vessels needed for the formation of fat.
Curcumin is much more than just a spice used for weight loss. Research has shown that it can influence 700 genes, and inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX) and other enzymes associated with inflammation.
Apart from these incredible benefits, further research has demonstrated curcumin’s cancer-fighting abilities, such as preventing:
- Normal cells from transforming into tumor cells
- The spread of tumor cells
- Inflammation in your body
Curcumin may also help destroy mutated cancer cells and halt the spread of, and help prevent angiogenesis, which is the development of additional blood that can support cancer growth. There is additional evidence that curcumin may even play a valuable role in alleviating the following ailments:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Alzheimer's disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
Taking Curcumin by Itself
Curcumin is most frequently consumed in the form of a high-quality turmeric powder because curry powder itself contains little curcumin. Curcumin supplements are also of free from the curry taste found in turmeric-based dishes.
Another option is creating a microemulsion using 1 tablespoon of curcumin powder, one to two egg yolks and 1 to 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Once you have all ingredients, use a high-speed hand blender to create the emulsion. This mixture was formulated by Dr. William LaValley, a leading cancer physician and personal acquaintance.
Another option is putting 1 tablespoon of curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It's important to note that you should place the powder in while the water is boiling, and not before. After boiling for 10 minutes, wait for it to cool and then drink it within four hours, because the curcumin will dissolve and lose its effectiveness as additional time elapses. Be aware that this mixture will have woody taste, and can permanently stain on your furniture if spilled.
Adding a Strict Fasting Plan and Quality Exercise Into the Equation
By itself, curcumin can help you lose weight, but it is much more effective when used in conjunction with intermittent fasting and quality exercise.
Intermittent fasting is a method where you take meals within a specific window of time, for example, eating only between 12 noon and 8 p.m. This method has been shown to promote insulin sensitivity, which is crucial in lowering the risk of chronic diseases.
By practicing intermittent fasting, your body slowly switches to using high-quality fats instead of sugar as an energy source, helping you manage your weight effectively. You can add curcumin to your meals, cook turmeric-based dishes or consume curcumin mixtures during the eight-hour time frame.
The quality of the exercise is also important. Since many people today lead busy lives and cannot commit a large portion of their time to exercising, one method I recommend is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This method alternates between short bursts of high-intensity exercise and smooth recovery periods.
The benefits of this method include reduced body fat, firmer skin, improved muscle tone and general increase in athletic capabilities. To maximize results for HIIT, it is recommended before your first meal of the day.
Combining curcumin, HIIT and intermittent fasting can work wonders. Your adjustment to this healthy lifestyle will take some time getting used to, but the benefits will be realized for years to come. To learn more about the benefits of curcumin combined with high-quality exercise, read my article "Can Curcumin Help You Manage Your Weight?"
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