A new scientifically peer reviewed study offers promising hope for reducing BMI. The study showed that when zinc and curcumin are taken together, they help improve weight outcomes.

The role of BMI

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

What is considered a healthy BMI?

Specialists say a BMI reading between 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy. A reading of 25 and 29.9 means the person is likely overweight. A reading above 30 signals obesity.   75% of hypertension diagnoses are directly due to obesity.

Study Showed Zinc and Curcumin Supplements Can Be Effective on Key Glycemic Factors and Reduce BMI

According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, proper management is essential for preventing type-2 diabetes. In this study, subjects were given curcumin, zinc, zinc plus curcumin or placebo for 90 days. At the conclusion, only the groups taking zinc, and curcumin plus zinc, had lower BMIs compared to placebo.

The researchers concluded that zinc and curcumin supplementation had a beneficial effect on several key glycemic parameters.

Curcumin and zinc have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties.

In this clinical trial, 84 subjects were randomized into curcumin (500 mg), zinc (30 mg), zinc and curcumin, and placebo groups for 90 days.

Hypo-caloric diet and BMI

A hypo-caloric diet is that is low in calories. The main aim of a hypo-caloric diet is to either lose weight in the short-term or to help manage another condition. This includes type 2 diabetes. Hypo-caloric diets are sometimes known as ‘very low-calorie diets’ (VLCD).

In this study a hypo-caloric diet and PA were recommended for all subjects.

In total, 82 subjects completed the study. After the intervention, dietary intake, PA, weight, and BCF% did not show a significant difference among the groups. However, subjects taking only zinc and zinc and curcumin groups experienced decreased BMI compared to the placebo (p = .01 and .007, respectively).

2. PubMed: Potential role of bioavailable curcumin in weight loss and omental adipose tissue decrease: preliminary data of a randomized, controlled trial in overweight people with metabolic syndrome. Preliminary study:


3. Research Gate: Effects of Zinc Supplementation on the Anthropometric Measurements, Lipid Profiles and Fasting Blood Glucose in the Healthy Obese Adults December 2013 Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin 3(1):161-165 DOI:10.5681/apb.2013.027 Laleh Payahoo Alireza Ostadrahimi – Tabriz University of Medical Sciences; Majid Mobasseri  –   Tabriz University of Medical Sciences;Yaser Khajebishak –   Maragheh University of Medical Sciences


4. Pubmed: Role of Curcumin in Disease Prevention and Treatment: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29629341/

5. PubMed: Curcumin and obesity Peter G Bradford 1 DOI: 10.1002/biof.1074



Em Sloane

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