Turmeric is a spice that is known for its effective anti-inflammatory effects and body energy boosting role. People with arthritis, heartburn, joint pains and ulcerative colitis can use Turmeric and experience improvement in their symptoms. But very few people know that Turmeric can help people to effectively burn fats and reduce weight within a very short period. For you to understand how Turmeric burns fats, you need to first understand how glucagon works. Glucagon is the counter part of insulin that is released by the islets of the Langerhans in the pancreas.
Understand Insulin Release and How it Affects Glucagon Secretion
When you eat a meal or any food that contains a significant amount of carbohydrates, your pancreas will secret insulin. The insulin is normally meant to reduce the carbohydrates or sugar levels in the blood. When you eat carbohydrate containing meals regularly, your pancreas will keep on secreting insulin without getting time to relax. The end result of this constant secretion of insulin is that you will become insulin resistant or type 2 diabetic person. Your blood sugar will always be high. Insulin stays in the blood for 2-3 hours, and during this time when your insulin levels are high, no glucagon is being secreted.
The Release of Glucagon and Its Effects
After 2-3 hours of taking your carbohydrate meal, the insulin levels go down. The pancreases will then release glucagon to the blood. Glucagon stimulates the release of glucose from the liver to the muscles and the brain of the body. This is because your blood sugar levels are low since the dietary carbohydrate is over in the blood. It also triggers the liver to release free fatty acids and ketones. This is the point where fat burning takes place, and the fats will be converted into carbohydrates then finally into sugars.
The Fat Burning Effect of Glucagon and Importance of Turmeric
Without glucagon, the body cannot release free fatty acids and ketones which means no fat burning can occur. When your insulin levels are high, glucagon is not released which means that no fat burning will happen in the body. Turmeric reduces your blood sugar levels 1-2 hours after you eat a meal. You will not have to wait for 2-3 hours for your insulin to go down. After the Turmeric reduces the blood sugar, glucagon gets secreted which stimulates the release of free fatty acids from the liver. This means that you will have a high-fat burning window. A research that was done by molecular food and nutrition revealed that diabetic people who added Turmeric to their diet for 6 weeks reduced their blood sugar by 30-40 percent.
The bottom line is that you should have long meal intervals to make your body burn enough fats. Add Turmeric in the meals and make sure that you take long spaced meals. For those who are fasting to burn fats, add Turmeric to that last meal before you start your fasting period to enhance the fat burning capacity of your body.