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Tangy and spicy, turmeric is loaded with many health benefits.  Many have been successful with using turmeric for weight loss. Let’ get up close and personal with Turmeric a little first.

Prized for its brilliant gold tone and array of health benefits, Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a common Asian spice used in Asian cooking. Most commonly for example, its use in Indian curries. Turmeric is know for its peppery taste and also blends well with many different kinds of foods. One of its best qualities and probably the one I enjoy the best.

Turmeric has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine (Ayurveda) because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a good source of manganese, iron, vitamin B and potassium. Recent research has shown that it is also a potent herbal ingredient for weight loss. We will concentrate on that today.

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Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric offers many benefits including regenerating liver cells and cleansing the liver of toxins to help reduce liver inflammation. Research has shown that turmeric helps to increase the levels of two liver-supporting enzymes that promote phase II liver detoxification reactions.

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Other than a liver booster, turmeric is also a natural painkiller. The curcumin in turmeric works in a similar way to COX-2 inhibitors, a group of drugs that help to reduce the COX-2 enzymes in the body responsible for the pain and swelling of arthritis. If you find yourself experiencing muscle, joint paints or headaches, drink a turmeric solution instead of reaching for your usual painkillers. Additionally, turmeric also contains strong flu and cold fight properties. Turmeric is a great source for not having to go the traditional medication route.


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Yellow Power

How to Take Turmeric for Weight Loss A key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. The yellower the turmeric, the more curcumin it contains. This active component in turmeric is what gives turmeric its health benefits and the capacity to help with weight loss. Curcumin has shown to reduce the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it, thus contributing to lower body fat.

Herbal mixtures containing turmeric as one of the main ingredients are reported to provide therapeutic weight loss as well as lipid reduction and change body composition. The mixture taken as a dietary supplement is effective in the treatment of obesity, including both weight loss and reduction of weight gain (Wei and Xu, 2003).

On top of this, turmeric also helps to increase progesterone in our bodies which lead to more balanced hormone levels. This also helps to ensure better weight control.

Turmeric for Weight Loss

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Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient that you can incorporate into your daily diet for weight loss purposes. It is easy to cook with turmeric and its peppery taste blends well with most foods.

Like any natural weight loss remedies, you have to bear in mind that turmeric helps with weight loss in a whole-body, holistic manner. First of all, it is a wonderful liver remedy – it helps to cleanse, detox and improve the liver. It is also commonly used as an Ayurvedic treatment to heal the digestive tract and promote better digestion.

Optimal liver function and good digestion are two areas that contribute to healthy weight loss. When these two organs are in top form, it makes way for better absorption of nutrients in foods and helps to rid the body of toxins at the same time.


How to Take

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So how do you go about taking turmeric? Herbal healers say that best way to enjoy turmeric is to start by using this warm, slightly bitter-peppery spice in the dishes you cook. Turmeric is most delicious in curries, soups, salad dressings and sautes. In my family, we use it in every meal in some form. A sprinkling on a salad gives it just a little more spice with depth. My favorite is anything you can cook in an Iron Skillet. This is where the Veggie Kingdom along with many, many other grain volunteers make their way.

When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon. So I’d usually go for about 1 teaspoon per day.

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Your Daily Dose

To ensure I have my daily dose of turmeric, I have it in different ways. I may prepare a single side dish loaded with turmeric on one day, or if I am not cooking on that day, I’d have it with a turmeric tea or smoothie. Otherwise, I’d just have a daily solution of turmeric. Minimum recommendation daily is 1/8 tsp.

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How to Take

This recipe is quick and easy to make. One of my favorites cauliflowers and uniquely turmeric with black pepper which makes them tastier. I have tweaked this recipe just a little to fit my taste. Certainly, you will probably do the same.


 Sauteed Cauliflower with Turmeric (5-Minute)

2 cups of cauliflower (chopped into small florets)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 cup water with a pinch of Himalayan pink salt in it

Heat the salted water in a skillet on low heat.
Add cauliflower and cook it for no more than 5 minutes.
Transfer into a bowl.
Add in turmeric, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper and ginger powder while it is still hot and mix well.

Optional: You can also throw in nuts, which I like, or sesame seed to boost the taste if it’s too bland for you. Most like it light and easy, as it’s meant to go with my other main dishes. Finally, you may want to add broccoli or add carrots for variety.




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If you want a daily quickie turmeric tea, you can make it using a pinch of powdered turmeric and steep it for 5 minutes in water. You can take the tea 2 to 3 times a day.

If you have more time, try this slow-cooker recipe that I occasionally go for when I can get my hands on good quality organic turmeric roots.

How to Take Turmeric

Spicy Tea

8 cups of water
2 tablespoons of freshly ground turmeric root (use organic ones)
4-5 slices of ginger (more if you like your tea spicier)
3 tablespoons of honey
A dash of cinnamon

Add water, honey and the spices to a slow cooker.
Whisk them together to combine spices in the water.
Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
Occasionally remove the lid and stir the tea to make sure everything blends well.

You can serve this tea warm or cold. There are about 8 cups here. You can put the rest in the refrigerator – it’s still fresh after a week.

 Turmeric Weight Loss


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As turmeric mixes well with many ingredients, you can just add turmeric powder into your blend. Here’s a simple smoothie recipe that I use frequently. This drink is perfect with lunches. As I enjoy Chinese tea, I also add a cup of it into my blends. (here are some smoothie recipes infused with tea).

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Golden Smoothie

1 carrot (chopped)
½ cup celery (chopped)
2 tomatoes (cut into slices)
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup Pu-Erh or Oolong tea (these are the best Chinese tea for weight loss)

Add all the ingredients together into the blender, except for the tea.
Prepare the Chinese tea and cool it with ice cubes. Mix the tea into the blend.


 (Daily Solution)

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This is a very easy and basic turmeric solution. Take this on busy days when your short of time for other turmeric drinks or dishes.

1 tsp turmeric (if it’s too much, you can reduce it to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp)
1/2 a lemon
1 cup warm water

Add turmeric into warm water.
Stir well.
Add lemon and honey.
Take once in the morning, and another cup in the evening if you like.

 Turmeric  Supplement

Turmeric is also available as supplements (capsules or tinctures). There are now water-soluble forms of curcumin called Theracurmin which are said to be 30 times more potent than regular curcumin. I have not personally try this, so I can’t say whether it really works or if it causes any side effects. If you do want to try it, do a thorough research and check in with your medical practitioner.

Side Effects?

Most sources say there are no side effects or interactions with other drugs when you take turmeric, but advises patients with gallstones or bile issues to stay away from it. Very large amounts of turmeric would irritate the stomach, so don’t go overboard. According to Teresa Graedon from People’s Pharmacy, anyone on blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) or other anticoagulants should also steer clear of turmeric or curcumin as it can magnify the effect of these anti-clotting medications.


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Let me know how you like the taste of turmeric, or if you have any other ways to take this wonderful spice, share them with me.


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  1. AmhilAmhil

    Great informative post, I really like that you’ve also provided recipes that I can use and implement into my diet
    I have one question, what’s the ideal amount of turmeric to have within one day?

    • Thanks for your response. We always hope that we can provide information that will benefit you. Glad we helped. Here is the answer to your question.

      One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon. Three grams is about 1½ teaspoons of ground turmeric powder. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is no recommended dose for children. For adults, the general recommended dose is 400-600mg of standardized curcumin powder 1-3 times per day.

  2. Jaime CuevasJaime Cuevas

    Hello. That’s a very instructive post, and yes, the turmeric has many properties. But not only in Asia you can find it. Also, in some countries from South America and the Caribbean. The root looks like the ginger, except for the color. But seriously I like your post.

    Even many naturalists recommend its use because of all you have mentioned. Congratulations, and keep posting like that.

    • Robert ClackRobert Clack

      Thanks for your comment and sharing some of your own thoughts of the benefits of Turmeric. Appreciated. In addition it is always be complimented.

      Please feel free to comment at anytime. It is always great to have input from different sources.

      Have a Healthy, Happy Day!


  3. MohamedMohamed

    Hey There!

    Losing weight with turmeric sounds pretty interesting.

    I read this book a while ago which recommended turmeric and lemon juice early in the morning.

    I tried it out for about a month and thought it helped me out a little. I had more energy but I was mainly taking it for the immune boosting benefits.

    P.S: I didn’t know turmeric was a natural pain killer thanks for the tip!

    • Robert ClackRobert Clack

      Hi Mohamed,

      Thanks for checking in again with us. You comment is much appreciated.

      Your experience with Tumeric was a good thing. The immune boosting benefits are amazing. It is recommended by many much wiser than myself to take a 1/8 tsp daily as a healthy habit. Yes, it is a natural pain killer. You knowledge is a tremendous to your health.

      I know from previous comments your health is important to you. Incorporating this daily would be a good step even though you may not need to lose weight.

      All the Best. Have a Happy, Healthy Day1

  4. Tim HallTim Hall

    Very good article! I like the recipes ideas and all the terrific benefits that come from Tumeric. This article attracted my attention because I’m diabetic and a friend of mine recommended Tumeric to help reduce the insulin taken daily, It’s great to know it helps one to lose weight as well and other benefits that go along with using Tumeric daily. I have never really tried it yet but it will be on my next shopping list. Thank you Bob!

    • Thanks Tim!
      Glad to here you are going to use Turmeric in your diet. It helps in so many ways, including weight loss as you learned in the article. Glad to here that you are considering a purchase soon. Please consider purchasing on the article you posted on at the bottom of the page. You will find several choices that may meet your needs. We get a small percentage of the purchase.

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