Curcumin is a popular ingredient in various fat burning and health supplements, used to reduce inflammation and assist in weight loss. However, many athletes and consumers may not know exactly what Curcumin is, and why or how it works.
What Does Curcumin Do?
Curcumin is a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound derived from the turmeric plant. It has been shown to be responsible for most of the health benefits associated with turmeric consumption, which include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and weight loss effects.
Normal cellular function involves metabolic processes that generate oxidative stress on the cell. This oxidative stress results in chronic and possibly systemic inflammation. Curcumin aids in minimizing this inflammation byproduct, by removing the free radicals that contribute the the oxidative stress.
Assisting Weight Loss
Curcumin stimulates thermogenesis, a fat burning processes that produces heat. Normally fat oxidation is used to make ATP (energy), however Curcumin consumption diverts the energy from fat being used to synthesize ATP, and instead is converted into heat. This effectively increases energy expenditure, and therefor fat burning.
Curcumin has also been found to stimulate brown fat properties in white fat cells. Brown adipose tissue has higher thermogenic activity in comparison to white adipose tissue, which is the primary fat tissue in the adult body.
Weight loss also improves other health function, such as cardiovascular health and immune function. Therefor Curcumin offers a myriad of benefits.
Bringing It All Together
Curcumin provides an effective, fast, and natural way to assist in weight loss and overall health.
Curcumin has found great popularity in the supplement market over the last few years, and we expect the demand for Curcumin as a health supplement ingredient to continue to grow.