Curcumin helps burn fat by stimulating beige fat thermogenesis

  • Curcumin, the anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory chemical found in turmeric, has been found to boost fat loss, without any changes in food intake.
  • This was attributed by researchers to fat burning in beige fat tissue. Beige fat tissue is white (normal) fat tissue, which changes it's function from fat accumulation towards fat oxidation (fat burning), after stimulation by noradrenaline (in every day life noradrenaline is secreted when we exercise). This process produces heat and is called fat tissue thermogenesis.
  • On this paper, it was also found that curcumin stimulated the secretion of noradrenalin, thereby boosting beige fat thermogenesis, albeit at quite high concentrations (50-100mg/kg of body weight).
  • However, curcumin has been found in other studies to have a direct lipolytic and anti-adipogenic action, via additional mechanisms to thermogenesis. So the resuls of this experiment further add to the promise of curcumin as an anti-obesity natural chemical.
  • For these reasons and also due to it's anti-inflammatory action, curcumin is also an ideal natural active in anti-cellulite creams, given that cellulite is an aesthetic condition involving inflammation of the excessively expanding superficial fat tissue.
  • Source: Curcumin promotes browning of white adipose tissue in a norepinephrine-dependent way, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26362189