Seemingly forever, turmeric has been a primary spice used in natural medicine to heal a wide variety of ailments. Extracted from the ground up roots of the Curcuma longa plant is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called curcumin.

In recent decades, science has confirmed the positive chatter surrounding many of turmeric’s health benefits. With such great results across a broad spectrum of conditions, curcumin is now used experimentally in several different areas. But, is turmeric good for weight loss, fat burning, and metabolism?

Studies have confirmed the powerful benefits of turmeric for treating chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma. Curcumin’s antioxidant activity has even shown beneficial in skincare and cancer prevention.

In more recent studies, researchers have revealed the potential for curcumin in managing weight in obese individuals or those with metabolic disorders. The discovery may be great news if you’re looking to trim belly fat and burn a few extra calories. (1)

To understand how turmeric benefits weight loss, first, we need to discuss metabolism in a bit more detail.