Herbs have been used for centuries to cure many ailments and studies have now shown that they can also be used to aid natural weight loss.
Green tea which is also known as Camellia sinensis, has been shown to be a mild appetite suppressant (1).
Green tea is also known to contain three ingredients which are important for weight loss.
Caffeine is the first ingredient and it helps the body burn more calories.
Catechins are the second and they have been shown to reduce the absorption of fats through the digestive tract.
Theanine is the third weight loss ingredient in green tea and it enhances the release of dopamine which results in feelings of relaxation and thus reduces stress-related eating.
To increase your intake, drink a cup of green tea at least once a day.
To make your own, steep 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and enjoy your cup.
Asian ginseng which is also known as Panax ginseng, has been proven by studies to cause significant weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity in obese mice with diabetes. Other animal studies have also shown that it can reduce weight gain from high fat diets.
Ginseng is thought to aid weight loss in humans by stimulating the metabolism and helping the body burn more calories even when the person is resting.
Ginseng has also been used for centuries to relieve fatigue and it was shown to be a potent fatigue fighter in a 2010 Mayo Clinic study in which cancer patients with chemotherapy induced fatigue were given ginseng each day.
These fatigue fighting effects of ginseng make it very effective for losing weight since by boosting energy levels it enables a person to exercise for longer durations. These energizing properties of ginseng also make ginseng tea a healthy alternative to consume instead of high calorie energy drinks.
To increase your intake of this weight loss herb, drink a cup of ginseng tea each day before exercising. To prepare your own, steep 1 teaspoon of chopped ginseng in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten it with honey before drinking.
Dandelion which is also known as Taraxacum officinale, has leaves which are great source of fiber. This helps a person feel full for longer and thus reduces the number of calories they consume.
This weight loss herb also increases the production of urine since it has diuretic properties..
The laxative properties of dandelion also help with the elimination of toxins from the body.
To increase your intake, drink dandelion root tea before meals to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and enhance the breakdown of fats.
To prepare it, steep 1 teaspoon of dry root in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Stain the herb and enjoy your cup.
You can also use fresh dandelion leaves to make salads since each cup contains nutrients like vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, 2 gram of fiber and just 25 calories.
Before you begin taking any herbs, always consult a doctor. Click here if you would like to consult our doctor and receive your customized Holistic Weight Loss Program. Subscribe to our Newsletter to learn more about weight loss herbs and spices.
- Roberts AT, Jonge-Levitan L, Parker CC, Greenway FL. The effect of an herbal supplement containing black tea and caffeine on metabolic parameters in humans.Alternative Med Rev.2005;10(4):321–325. [PubMed]