October 2, 2011

What Herbs Works for Weight Loss

Although herbal supplements for weight loss is tempting us to try, we still have to think about possibility of side effects.  Safety concerns should be the first priority since using herbal remedies can be both promising hope and fault hope that can be harmful.  Here, we will continue checking information about some herbs of the more popular weight loss.

Coleus works to assist weight loss by breaking down fat deposits and preventing production of adipose tissue. It also mildly stimulates the metabolism by increasing thyroid function. A diterpenoid called forskolin is the active constituent of this herb and is the only plant derived compound known to directly stimulate the enzyme, adenlylate cyclase, and in turn, stimulates cellular cyclic AMP which boosts metabolism to assist weight loss.

Dandelion stimulates fat metabolism, and removes fatty acids and cholesterol from blood. Thus it helps to lose weight extensively.

Fucoxanthin  is an antioxidant found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame, the seaweed used in miso soup. The preliminary studies in animals suggest it may target abdominal fat. Fat in the abdomen is linked to heart disease and diabetes. 

Garcina Cambogia is popular weight loss herb traditionally used in South East Asia to make meals more filling. Its active constituent called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) suppresses appetite and reduces the body’s ability to form adipose(fatty) tissue due to overeating.  It is thought Garcinia’s weight loss action works by inhibiting the body’s ability to convert carbohydrates to fats. This same mechanism floods the liver with glycogen which leads the brain to respond by suppressing appetite. Another significant study, using an animal model, found that during exercise the regular use of HCA promotes fat burning. Contra indications for garcina cambogia are: pregnancy, diabetes and people with dementia syndromes. This herb does interact with some prescription medicines and this should be discussed with your health care practitioner before use.

Ginseng boosts up lipid metabolism and enables one to lose weight.

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) a good source of antioxidant and famous in rich of caffeine reducing weight gain by stimulating metabolism.

Guarana (Paullinia cupana) aids weight loss via increased metabolism like the way caffeine woks. However, caffeine could also stimulate the central nervous system and heart, and may result in anxiety and rapid heart rate in larger amounts.

Guggul (Commiphora mukul) is believed to help metabolism and reduce cholesterol levels. 

Guar gum (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus) is a plant based dietary fibre derived from the bean
of the plant.

Licorice regulates blood sugar levels and control desire for sweets and desserts. In this way licorice helps to control obesity.

Nettle is an excellent thermo genic herb, helping in losing weight.

Spirulina (Blue-Green Algae) is thought to be useful in weight-control diets because its high nutritional value helps to satisfy hunger.

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is reputed to increase metabolism.

Herbs for weight loss can be really helpful in boosting a sluggish metabolism, but it must be done together with diet control and exercise. Last of all, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor or health provider before starting herbal treatment.

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