7 Common Herbs and Spices that Aid Weight Loss
It has often been said let you food be your medicine and your medicine be your food, therefore it is no coincidence that what you put on your plate plays a vital role in controlling and maintaining a healthy weight. With the advent of herbal supplements and other products that purport to be the “holy grail” to aid in weight loss we will look at some herbs and spices that have been proven by research to fight certain cravings and boost fat burning and weight loss.
Some of these herbs and spices can be found in our premium Biolife supplements:
This popular household spice is derived from a plant Trigonella foenum-graecum which is from the legume family. Research has shown that fenugreek may help to suppress appetite which aids in weight loss. According to studies supplementing with 8 grams of fenugreek fiber on a daily basis increased feelings of being full and reduced feelings of hunger thus less food was had. As a result fewer numbers of calories are consumed over the course of a day.
This is a type of chili pepper and is used to give dishes that extra kick. It contains the compound capsaicin, which give it that noted heat and is a provider of various health benefits. Studies done shows that capsaicin can help to boost ones metabolism and increases the number of calories burned throughout the day. It may also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
This spice is made from the rhizome of a flowering ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, this is one spice that has been used in folk medicine for years as a natural remedy to a vast array of ailments, research done has also shown it could aid in weight loss. One study showed that supplementing with ginger had a significant impact on decreasing both belly fat and body weight. It also may help to increase metabolism and fat burning while reducing fat absorption and appetite.
This plant is noted for its health promoting properties and is a staple in traditional Chinese medicines. There are different types of ginseng, Korean, Chinese and American they all belong to the genus of ginseng plant. It has been proven to reduce body weight as well as change gut microbiota composition.
This spice is held in high regard for its rich flavor, vibrant color and its very potent medicinal properties. Turmeric contains curcumin a super chemical that has been studies widely for its effects on everything from inflammation to weigh loss. A study shows that taking curcumin twice daily for a 30 day period significantly reduced belly fat and increased weight loss by up to 5%.
An aromatic spice, it is made from the inner bark of trees in the cinnamomum genus. Rich in antioxidants it has several health benefits and has been found to aid in weight loss, it is also excellent for stabilizing blood sugar which may help reduce appetite and hunger.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
This is generally found in many weigh loss supplements. It is made from coffee beans that have not been roasted and contains high levels of chlorogenic acid which is said to contribute to its potential for weight loss.
These are just a few of the herbs and spices that may be used when you are preparing meals, all can provide numerous health benefits with very little risk of serious side effects. Also always remember when taking herbs in supplemental form to stick to the recommended dosages and if you are suffering from any underlying health conditions or are taking medications it is always best to consult your health professional before starting any supplement.
Christine Lewis Anderson
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