Little Known Herbal Remedies to Help You Lose Weight

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5. L-Glutamine

This is an amino acid which gives instant fuel to the brain and crushes cravings for sugar or starchy foods when blood sugar levels drop. L-glutamine has quite a bit of evidence to back up claims that it can help with weight loss by changing the conversion and storage of calories in the body. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center did a study in 1996 that found that when rats were given L-glutamine supplements, they lost weight easily.

 

6. Cayenne Pepper

Peppers get their heat from capsaicin, and this ingredient can help fight obesity by shrinking fat tissue, lowering blood fat levels, and can even help to fight the buildup of fat by stimulating beneficial protein changes in the body.

Capsaicin is a thermogenic compound that can temporarily increase the heat in your body so that your body burns fat to make heat, which has powerful impact on your fat storage and metabolism. Research shows that consuming thermogenic compounds can boost up your metabolism by as much as 5 percent and increase your fat burning capability by 16 percent. Studies show that capsaicin might even help fight the decrease in metabolic rate that often happens when you lose weight. Keep your metabolism high by adding cayenne pepper, and other types of peppers, in your daily meals.

 

7. Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids actually change how your body uses fat. Rather than store fat, omega-3 tells your body to burn fat for energy production. Researchers in Australia showed that fish oil and exercise reduced body fat in different ways. Some people say that taking fish oil kills cravings for fat. However it works, the combination of fish oil and exercise made for some incredible weight loss results among the study participants. The results of this study can be read in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007 issue.

 

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8. Mustard Seeds

You might not know it, but mustard is actually related to cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli. Mustard seeds have been shown in several studies to increase the body’s metabolism by as much as 25 percent, which means you have more calorie burning power. In fact, consuming just one teaspoon of mustard seeds each day can help you burn an extra 45 calories an hour, every hour, for a 24 hour period.

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