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Top 17 Herbs that Lead to Quick Weight Loss
People who are overweight can face numerous health problems. Carrying excess weight has been shown to increase blood pressure, increase the risk of diabetes as well as heart disease.
It takes making healthy lifestyle changes such as eating fresh, healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis to lose weight, but sometimes the progress can seem too slow. Take a look at the following herbs that will help increase your weight loss so you can see some greater results and feel better about your body!
1. Green Tea
This herb is well-proven to not only have a number of health benefits, such as cancer prevention and diabetes prevention, green tea speeds up your metabolism and can help you to lose weight faster. Brew it fresh and sip it throughout the day, either hot or iced. But don’t waste your time drinking bottled green tea. It’s been highly processed and contains little or no nutritional value.
Adding fresh garlic to your food can help you to metabolize fats and carbs more efficiently. Studies done with animal’s show that fresh garlic might help to prevent the body from storing more fat.
Although most Americans try to kill dandelions and keep them out of their lawns, this little ‘weed’ is actually a powerful weight loss aid. Every single part of dandelions can be eaten; flowers, root, and leaves! Dandelion neutralizes toxins in the body and helps to reduce inflammation. Try making dandelion tea, adding some leaves to your salad, or taking dandelion supplements.
4. Milk Thistle
This plant is a cousin to the dandelion and it has many of the same cleansing compounds that dandelion does. Milk thistle cleans toxins from the liver and helps the body make good use to the glucose and sugar instead of allow the body to store it as fat.
This herb is highly prized as a weight loss aid. There are two types available in the USA, Chinese ginseng and Siberian ginseng. You can buy either one as either a supplement or as a tea. This herb contains caffeine, which helps to boost the metabolism, as well as acting as a thermo genic aid. Both herbs help to increase energy and those who take this herb on a regular basis state that they have a decrease in appetite as well.
This sweet smelling, tasty herb can add some delicious flavor to many dishes while helping to ramp up your weight loss efforts. Peppermint works by removing waste and toxins from the body. It also helps to reduce bloat and aid in digestion. Peppermint is helpful for those losing weight as it reduces both stress and appetite. You can take this as a supplement, a tea, or as an essential oil. Read about other benefits of peppermint.
You probably know this best as the spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. Turmeric reduces inflammation in the body. High levels of inflammation can lead to obesity as well as make it difficult for the body to let go of excess weight.
Adding cinnamon to your morning coffee or adding some to your oatmeal can help to control insulin levels, and blood sugar levels which can help you manage your hunger while protecting you from diabetes. Read also how cinnamon bark is used to stop Parkinsons.
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9. Cayenne pepper
Hot peppers contain a compound called dihydrocapsiate, which has been discovered to increase the ability of body to burn fat. Try to add it to your favorite foods as much as possible.
Fresh, organic ginger has been shown to help reduce appetite and cut cravings for sweet foods. Find out all benefits of ginger.
11. Black Pepper
The compound that makes black pepper so hot, piperine, has been shown to help the body burn more calories via thermogenesis. Piperine also aides the body in using nutrients more efficiently.
This is another spice common to Indian food that has been shown to improve weight loss in animal studies as it increases the metabolism.
Although this spice has not been studied alone, it’s been shown to improve weight loss when it’s mixed with other herbs and spices. Add it to some of your favorite spicy dishes.
It’s more than a pretty plate garnish! Parsley has been used in several studies involving rats, and they show that this herb reduces the amount of glucose in the blood. If the same is true in humans, this tasty green herb can help control the appetite while encouraging the processing of food into energy the body can use, instead of storing it as fat.
Cardamom can help to lower blood glucose levels as well as regulates insulin. It also reduces the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in studies done on rats.
Like many of the spices on this list, cloves can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, which helps your body burn more calories.
Mustard seeds seem to have a thermo genic effect, which means your body will burn more calories as it digests food. Although you most likely use prepared mustard on hot dogs and hamburgers, try adding some powdered dry mustard seed to some food dishes for a little extra kick as well as a little kick to your weight loss efforts.