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NATURAL HERBS FOR WEIGHT LOSS


Weight loss herbs are derived from plant sources. Herbal Plants offer numerous solutions to individuals with weight problems. Many have tried herb extracts, teas and mixture of herbs to help their body in detoxifying the digestive system and better metabolism to lesser that extra pounds. Herbs are the mainstay of traditional medicine and also a natural method for inducing weight loss.
There are different mechanisms by which herbs help promote weight loss. Some of these are mentioned in below
  • Increasing urination and/or bowel movements
  • By reducing triglyceride and LDL levels.
  • Stimulating the central nervous system (speeds up the body’s mental and physical activity; caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant)
  • By preventing fat accumulation as well as the conversion of carbohydrates to stored fat and increasing fat elimination from the body.
  • Increasing serotonin levels, a chemical in the brain that creates a "feeling of fullness"
Still, it must be mentioned that herbal supplements are not magic weight loss pills. They are simply supplements that can contribute to any weight loss plan. The main components of such plan should be restricted diet and regular exercise. While herbs are generally well tolerated, they are not without their side effects especially when taken in high doses.
Generally, children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mother should avoid herbs mostly because they are not enough evidence from safety studies to prove most herbs are safe for these groups of people.
Weight loss herbs should be used in correct proportions in order to balance your bodily systems. It’s best to take them under proper guidance for maximum effectiveness in a weight loss program. Mentioned below is a list of  natural weight loss herbs that are effective for losing weight.

20 HERBS FOR NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS


1-Licorice root

A recent human study found that a preparation of Licorice may reduce body fat. Fifteen people of normal weight consumed licorice for 2 months (3.5 g per day). The mass of body fat was measured before and after treatment. Licorice reduced the mass of body fat and suppressed the hormone aldosterone. Another study found that a topical preparation of glycyrrhetinic acid (a component of licorice) could reduce the thickness of fat in the thigh in humans. In the beginning of your weight loss program, this herb is of great help. Licorice root strengthens the adrenal gland and helps in maintaining of glucose level and reduce cravings for sweets. Taking large amounts and extensive use for longer times of this herb causes many side effects.

2-Flaxseed

The seed of the flax (Alsi) plant has a coating of mucilage. This coating swells when exposed to water. If you soak whole flaxseeds in water and eat them, they act as bulking agents in your stomach and give you a feeling of fullness. They are neither digested nor absorbed by the body when soaked whole. By giving you a feeling of fullness, they prevent you from overeating and help you lose weight. You can also sprinkle ground flax seed over your salad, morning cereal, a cup of yogurt or in a smoothie if you want last longer between meals.

3-Psyllium

Natural psyllium (Ispaghol) acts as a safe and effective weight loss aid. Psyllium has very little flavor, but it's big on insoluble fiber. A fiber rich herb keeps the cholesterol in controlled limits particularly the low density lipid cholesterol. This herb also doesn’t have any visible side effects. The seeds expand in your stomach, increasing the feeling of fullness and slowing down the absorption of simple carbs. The result would be a slow process of gaining weight instead a decline in weight. Obese and healthy people will find this a healthy and supportive diet.

4-Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia is also known as Gambooge (Goraka) this is perfect herb to lose weight without any apparent side effects. It stimulates the rate of metabolism therefore, lowers the chances of bulk gain. Garcinia Cambogia has active ingredient hydroxy- citric acid, and it helps to reduce appetite by maintaining blood sugar levels in the body. It also helps promote the conversion of blood sugar into glycogen. Garcinia is also known to reduce fatty acid synthesis and to reduce plasma cholesterol levels.

5-Ginseng

Multiple studies have shown that the herb Ginseng (Siberian) can help aid in weight reduction, and even slow weight gain resulting from diets high in fat because it has the ability to stabilize blood sugar. Moreover, it reduces the need to eat sugar and sweets. By consuming it, you will have all the energy needed to work out as well, in order to have a good looking body shape. It’s also helps the body properly respond to stress. Reducing anxiety and balancing the appetite.

6-Watercress

Watercress (Abi Salad / Abi Kahu)are extremely rich in vitamins, like vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, etc. and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus. Watercress has a lot of specialty for our body, especially it help us to lose weight because it is very low in calories and a powerful diuretic, and entrails accelerator. Which definitely help us to weight loss. While its diuretic properties help to flush out toxins and excess fluids. Watercress is also a fabulous source of iodine, which helps to boost your metabolism, so it makes sense to include it in your diet if you’re striving to achieve a flat stomach.

7-Senna

Senna herb is best known as a strong natural laxative with a terrible taste. But some people use senna for weight loss. Senna can cause some side effects such as: Stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea. It shouldn't be used for more than two weeks because in the long term it can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives.

8-Hoodia Gordonii

Hoodia Gordonii has been used as an appetite suppressant since many years. Hoodia Gordonii contains a molecule called P57 which signals the brain and causes a feeling of fullness of the stomach. Consequently, lesser calories are consumed, leading to weight loss. Hoodia is available in the form of capsules, powder, and pills. There are many weight loss aids carrying the Hoodia name, be cautious that what you are getting is the real thing.

9-Seaweed, Kelp

Seaweed or Kelp (Sumandari Ghas) herbs are natural thyroid stimulant and helps you lose weight that you may have gained due to malfunction of the thyroid gland. Seaweed is also a good source of trace minerals like chromium and iodine. It is available in the form of kelp capsules as well as tablets. Individuals who are already using thyroid medications or feel that their excessive weight is because of a thyroid problem should make sure to consult a doctor prior to using kelp or seaweed.

10-Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Izkhar) is an herb that is common in Asia and is often used in some dishes like curries and soups. It has a sharp lemony aroma and is known to have a number of health benefits. Lemongrass is a diuretic and is helpful in flushing out excess water. Because of its ability to remove toxins and excess fat, lemongrass can effectively facilitate weight loss. As with all grasses, lemongrass is very fibrous and cannot be eaten as it is. You can juice it using a masticating juicer, or make tea of it. Lemon grass tea won’t miraculously cause you to lose weight quickly in a short amount of time, but it also won’t have any of the negative side effects that you would find in other weight loss methods. Lemon grass tea is natural and can help reduce weight in a way that is safe for your body.

11-Guggul

Guggul refers to a flowering shrub or short tree that grows in arid to semi-arid areas. Guggul is taken from the resinous sap of its bark. This sap is known as gum Guggul and its extract is known as guggulipid. Guggul is used for relieving joint pain, lowering cholesterol, and aiding weight loss. It helps to regulate the lipid metabolism and reduces cholesterol levels. Taking 500 mg, three times a day for three months is very beneficial for curing obesity. Guggul with ginger & honey also reduce obesity.

12-Gymnema Sylvestre / Cow plant

Gymnema / Small Indian Ipecac (Gurmar Buti) a dietary fiber derived from a plant that grows wild in India and Africa, Evidence suggests Gymnema can reduce cravings for sweets, reduce sugar absorption during digestion, and aid in balancing blood sugar levels. Although research suggests the sugar blocking mechanism of Gymnema, it is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly. When used as part of a comprehensive weight management strategy, Gymnema may have significant benefit. Gymnema is typically found in capsule form, although powders and teas are available as well. High doses have been linked with low blood sugar, so use in recommended (300 mg two to three times a day) amounts.

13-Green tea

Green Tea is one of the commonly used herbs for weight loss. It’s helping to burn more calories and lowers cholesterol levels in our body. Green tea is especially known for its high levels of antioxidants including vitamins such as vitamin C and green tea also contains caffeine. Studies have confirmed that a combination of green tea with caffeine improved weight loss amongst overweight and moderately obese people. Green tea includes substances known as Polyphenols and catechins which are responsible for the fat-burning effect. Green tea can eliminate both water weight and bulk fat weight. It is available in different forms including as capsule and liquid but the most popular form of the herb is the powdered tea leaves. There are no known contraindications of green tea. Green tea is great for weight loss. It also works with including dandelion root.

14-Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a natural source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA, or hydroxycut), the same chemical used in many diet formulas. It also contains other obesity fighting chemicals such as chromium and ascorbic acid. A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.

15-Triphala

“Triphala” herbs consist of a powder made from three dried berries― Emblica goose berry (Amla), Chebulic Myrobalan (Hareer), Beleric Myrobalan (Bahera). Emblica goose berry works as a natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body. It also helps to increase lean body mass and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Chebulic Myrobalan supports the body’s natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon. Beleric Myrobalan is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body. Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of Triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, and helps correct the metabolism to speedup weight loss, helping you to achieve your ideal weight.

16-Chickweed

Chickweed (Chuha Kanni / Chuza Buti) is a metabolic stimulant that spurs the body into burning more fat. This is one of the most effective herbs for losing weight without any negative side effects. Chickweed tea is an old remedy for obesity the tea is high in potassium. Potassium helps to reduce food cravings. The tea is a mild laxative and reduces water retention. For maximum benefit, drink a cup of chickweed tea in the afternoon.

17-Guduchi

Guduchi (Guluncha / Gilroy) is a commonly used herb for obesity. It helps in reducing fats accumulation in the body, giving people a leaner physique and is very effective in obesity.

18-Marsh Mallow root

Marsh Mallow (Katami) is one of the most mucilaginous highly nutritive herbs. Likewise, marshmallow root is a wonderful diuretic. Marshmallow root naturally swells when mixed with food and water. This can help promote a feeling of fullness, which can help you lose weight. It also eases the digestive process and improves elimination of toxins from the body. In general, marshmallow is safe to use by humans. So far has been no report about the dangers of consuming marshmallow. Side effects can occur if you have problems with diabetes, alcohol dependence and pregnant women. Marshmallow contains very high sugar content, so it can improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Currently marshmallow is packaged in a variety of health product such as tea, tablets and liquids. Packaging 5mg tablet can be taken once a day. Packaging of liquid can be consumed about 10 ml three times a day.

19-Golden Shower tree fruit

Golden Shower tree fruit pulp is a very safe laxative. Fruits are sweet in taste and its tea can be use as a tasty weight loss tool. There are no known side effects or interactions associated with Golden Shower tree fruit pulp when taken in the recommended doses. The various parts of the tree like the bark, root, flowers, leaves, fruit pulp are used medicinally and have several health benefits.

20-Dandelion

The best weight loss herb provides a good alternative of minerals. It reduces fatty acids, total cholesterol and low density lipids. These substances are not allowed to get absorbed into the blood stream as this herb performs the function of laxative. Dandelion (Gule Qasadi) is a natural diuretic (a substance the makes you urinate more often). This is how it causes weight loss. Dandelion has been known to cause allergic reactions. People who are allergic to ragweed and related plants (daisies, chrysanthemums, and marigolds) are likely to be allergic to dandelion so prolonged usage should be avoided. However, since most weight gain is due to fat accumulation, the weight loss effect of dandelion is mostly seen when the weight gain is caused by water retained in the body especially due to edematous bloating. Herbal supplements of dandelion are sold in various forms including as dried leaves, dried roots, and leaf juice and root tincture.

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