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10 Things That Happen When You Eat More Turmeric

The spice isn’t a world beater, but it may give your dieting efforts a boost: A study conducted by researchers at Tufts University in 2009 found that curcumin, the predominant polyphenol in turmeric, suppressed the growth of fat tissue in mice and cell models and ultimately reduce weight gain. Two groups of mice were fed high-fat diets—one supplemented with 500 mg of curcumin per kilogram of weight. The curcumin group did not gain weight as the high-fat-only group. According to Patricia Bannan , MS, RDN, and Los Angeles-based nutritionist and healthy cooking expert: “While increasing your intake of turmeric alone isn’t a great strategy for weight loss, it may help you mitigate the inflammation associated with obesity and give you a slight boost in fat burning.” But Bannan stresses it’s best to get it from foods—eat more curry, for example. If you do supplement, check with your doctor first. These substances can interfere with prescription medications. Check out 11 other surprising benefits of turmeric .