The Effect of Curcumin Supplementation on Anthropometric Measures among Overweight or Obese Adults

Nutrients. 2021 Feb 20;13(2):680. doi: 10.3390/nu13020680.


Over the past decades, the worldwide prevalence of obesity has dramatically increased, thus posing a serious public health threat. Obesity is associated with the development of comorbid conditions and psychological disorders. Several lifestyle interventions have been proposed to tackle obesity; however, long-term maintenance of these interventions often proves challenging. In addition, among the different types of diets there is still a debate about the optimal macronutrient composition that will achieve the best results in weight loss. Recently, several commonly used spices such as pepper, ginger, and curcumin have been shown to play a beneficial role in obesity management. Therefore, exploring the effects of certain herbs or dietary spices on obesity may be promising. Among these spices, curcumin, which is the primary component of the spice turmeric, has gained great interest for its multiple health benefits. Several randomized controlled trials have investigated the potential favorable effects of curcumin supplementation on anthropometric measures. The aim of this review is to evaluate the effect of curcumin supplementation on the anthropometric indices among overweight or obese adults.

Keywords: body mass index; body weight; curcumin; obesity; overweight; turmeric; weight loss; weight reduction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anthropometry
  • Biological Availability
  • Body Composition / drug effects*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Curcumin / pharmacokinetics*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Overweight / physiopathology
  • Overweight / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic
  • Waist Circumference / drug effects


  • Curcumin