There have been some recent discussions as to which the best herbs are for use in weight loss. There is a consensus as to the top 10 herbs for weight loss, but even among experts there may be some slight differences in opinions. Below are the top 10 herbs generally used and will discuss some properties or benefits of each. These are some natural ways for weight loss.
The 10 that I have listed are the results of a survey that I conducted and the results were reinforced by my online research. I was surprised to see a couple on the list and a couple that were not. I did not include some more traditional teas. These may be covered in future articles. You can also check out a previous article “Does Green Tea Help the Body – an overview of green tea”.
These herbs will have more benefits than I can list here and I want to keep on my topic how they can aid in weight loss. I could easily write an article on each of these by themselves, but I have decided for now to give you a basic idea of how each can assist you in your weight loss endeavors.
Here is the list of the 10 herbs that showed up the most when I researched which ones are being recommended. They are in no particular order:
Ginger is a tropical root that can be used for stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea and even helps with arthritis. Scientific studies have shown that Ginger can aid in weight loss. (Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2018) NIH.gov
Turmeric has many benefits and has been used to treat breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue. It has also been proven to be beneficial for inflammation; arthritis; stomach, skin, liver, and gallbladder problems; cancer; and other conditions. This can also be used to stimulate bile production which will help break down fats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
Cinnamon has been used to increase metabolism to burn fat quicker, can be used as an appetite suppressant, and stabilize your blood sugar levels. It has been proven to lower cholesterol level with patients having Type 2 diabetes, diabetesjournals.org.
Cayenne Pepper has been used to increase metabolism, decrease hunger, lower blood pressure, relieve joint and muscle pain, and even has been used to treat congestion. Next time you have a cold, try a little Cayenne Pepper. www.medicalnewstoday.com
Cumin can aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol (LDL’s), diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, stress, and memory loss. There are various studies available to support these, but for weight loss I have chosen karger.com.
Ginseng is primarily used to increase metabolism and to increase energy. There are different varieties of ginseng, but most refer to what is known as Korean Ginseng for these benefits. This should not be used for an extended period.
Currently the medical studies regarding ginseng and weight loss have been inconclusive. An article from The Mayo Clinic is an article worth reading. It discusses how ginseng was used to fight fatigue in cancer patients. mayo.edu
Black Pepper can stimulate the production of acid in your stomach. This allows you to digest foods quicker and it helps to increase your metabolism. The phytonutrients in the outer layer helps to break down fat cells. Black Pepper can also improve skin by smoothing those unwanted wrinkles. Other studies have show how it can help with depression and may prevent certain types of cancer. nih.gov
Dandelions can be used to treat problems with digestions, bile. Liver, and urinary disorders. It has also been used as a mild laxative. webmd
Garlic is one herb with many uses, some include: heart protection, antibiotic, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and can help with certain types of cancer. It is also a fat burner and can help boost weight loss efforts. academic.oup.com
Mustard can help to increase metabolism, which will aid in weight loss.
There were a few others that were recommended, but these are the 10 most common according to the responses that I received. You may want to try others if you are looking for a specific benefit.
The references used here are primarily focused on our topic. There are many more studies to show how they may be used in a variety of other ways, but this is only a summary of how these 10 herbs can aid in weight loss.
If you have read any of my other articles, you will notice this one is a little different. I decided to include some references that I used. This way, it will be easier to find the original source for additional information. There are many other articles, medical studies, or research that I could have used, but I felt this would give you a good place to start.
Please leave any questions or comments below and be sure to check out my other articles and reviews. If there are any herbs that you believe should have made this list, you can let me know which ones and why in the comment section below. Your comments may assist other readers as well.
Thank you for reading,