Herbs may pay a significant role in weight loss. They may act as a stimulant to make the body burn calories, as a diuretic to remove fluids from the body into the urine, as a laxative to prevent full digestion and absorption, by cleansing and removing waste quickly from the colon, or as an appetite suppressant to lessen hunger, according to eMedical.com website. Drinking herbal teas is an easy way to gain these benefits.
Herbal supplements should be taken with the advice and supervision of your health-care provider.
Green tea may reduce weight by boosting metabolism and helping to burn fat, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website. Green tea contains polyphenols that are potent antioxidants that researchers speculate contribute to green tea’s fat burning effects. The alkaloids caffeine, theobromine and theophylline included in green tea give it a stimulant effect while the amino acid L- theanine may calm the nervous system, according to the UMMC. Green teas bags are available, as well as dried green tea leaves in capsules, or in an extract form.
Cinnamon is a popular spice used as a powder or bark in culinary dishes, bake goods and in beverages such as tea. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center website, laboratory studies show that cinnamon have an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Studies have also shown that cinnamon acts to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes; however, more studies are needed to substantiate its effect, according to the MSKCC. Cinnamon creates a thermogenic burn, which means it’s a food that increases your body’s metabolism, which burns up calories faster and promotes weight loss.
Fennel is a diuretic, it decreases hunger, promotes energy and metabolism. Fennel’s diuretic effect promotes the elimination of fluids from the body into the urine, it decreases the appetite which reduces your caloric intake, gives you an energy boost to increase activity. Together all these effects promote weight loss. According to
HerbsAreSpecial website, fennel is potentially toxic if the recommended dosage is exceeded. Consult with your doctor for his advice and supervision before taking fennel.