Visceral fat, also known as belly fat, is stored in your abdominal cavity, sharing space with important organs such as your liver, stomach, kidneys, and intestines. This tricky position means having high levels of visceral fat can hike your risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, it’s vital to stamp the fatty culprit out.
What’s more, research also suggests that it could provide a helping hand when trying to shed visceral fat.
While your overall diet plays a crucial role in getting rid of harmful belly fat, supplementing with the yellow ingredient could also help.
A study, published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, found that curcumin supplementation might have “positive” effects on visceral fat.
Curcumin is the active ingredient hidden in turmeric, giving the spice its potent powers.
The prescribed dose of curcumin varied between 70 to 3,000mg a day.
During the period of eight to 12 weeks, the research team noticed a “significant” drop in body mass index and waist circumference.
In case you aren’t aware, a greater waist circumference is considered a marker of visceral fat tissue.
Despite the promising findings, one thing to consider is that the study only focused on patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
However, this isn’t the only study that observed the weight loss benefits of curcumin.
Another research, published in European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, found that taking the ingredient two times a day was beneficial for fat loss and reducing belly fat.
What’s more, the researchers reported “very good” tolerability in participants who followed the turmeric protocol.
“Although preliminary, our findings suggest that a bioavailable form of curcumin is well-tolerated and can positively influence weight management in overweight people,” the study added.