Turmeric Spice May Help To Block Body Fat From Spreading
May 25, 2009
Turmeric is a common spice that is used in daily cuisine in many Asian regions. Scientists have been exploring the possibility that it may have properties that can be used specifically to block fat production, in eliminating blood vessels ability to grow.
The study was conducted on three groups of mice: the first group was fed an average 4 grams of fat per meal, the second a high 22 grams of fat, and the third the same 22 grams of fat, but supplemented with Turmeric.
The experiment lasted for 12 weeks, after which all mice were measured and weighed. It was found that those that had eaten the high fat with turmeric had not gained any weight, though the control group eating the 22 grams had increased in size significantly.
What makes the finding so surprising is that out of a 3,500 milligram diet, the mice only consumed 1.5 milligrams of the Asian spice a day, a very small amount to have such a drastic effect.
Researchers are now running tests to find if it has the same results on a humans’ biology.
This researcher is being conducted by the USDA/Agricultural Research Service. Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers, showing promise in treating cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, psoriasis, among others.