Herbs and Spices for Losing Weight

Herbs can contribute in losing or maintaining healthy body weight by suppressing appetite, enhancing metabolism and reducing fat tissues. Apart from having positive impacts on weight, herbs may also help combat premature aging, heart disease and different chronic diseases. Adding herbs generously to meals is a good idea and in line with achieving weight loss goal. Following are some herbs that are beneficial.


Ginseng is linked with boosting energy levels and speeding up metabolism. Panax is a type of ginseng, which can contribute to weight loss. In a study involving obese and diabetic mice, it has been found out that panax ginseng extracts cannot only help improve insulin sensitivity but also lose weight significantly.           

Cayenne Pepper

Pepper’s heat derive from a compound known as capsaicin. It can contribute in fighting obesity by reducing calorie intake, lessening fat tissues, decreasing blood fat levels. It can also combat fat build up by causing protein changes that is beneficial for body. Heat potential of capsaicin is an important benefit. Capsaicin is a thermogenic stuff that may temporarily enhance thermogenesis in body, where body creates heat by burning fat as fuel, causing positive impacts on metabolism and fat storage. Consumption of thermogenic ingredients may help enhance metabolism by up to five percent and boost fat burning by up to sixteen percent, as suggested by researchers. It may also help prevent the decrease in metabolic rate, which often happens during weight loss.      


Cinnamon can help enhance metabolism and have positive impact on blood sugar regulation, which makes it good seasoning for people with pre-diabetes or diabetes. Cinnamon can help lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar levels and total levels of cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon can enhance glucose metabolism by about twenty times, which significantly upgrades ability to regulate blood sugar.                      

Black Pepper

Black pepper contains a stuff called peperine, which provides strong flavor and helps prevent new fat cells from forming. When capsaicin gets combined with other substances, black pepper can help burn calories as much as a 20-minute walk can do. Black pepper can also enhance bioavailability of other foods. Consuming black pepper or other herbs makes any meal a healthy choice.


Dandelion in its entirety is full of nutrition and edible. Dandelions can help slow digestion. It can help feel full for longer and maintain a healthy weight. Antioxidant properties are present in Dandelions. They also have bitter crystalline compounds known as Taracerin and Taraxacin along with levulin and inulin, all of which are linked with therapeutic properties of dandelions. Dandelions contain dietary fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin K1, and minerals. Dandelions are linked with normalizing cholesterol and blood sugar. They can also help cleanse liver.


The mustard plant actually belongs to cruciferous family of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Mustards seeds are linked with enhancing metabolic rate by up to twenty-five percent, which can help burn calories more efficiently. Consuming three or five teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help burn extra forty-five calories an hour.   


Curry lovers are also fan of turmeric. Turmeric or yellow-orange spice is very popular for curry dishes. Curcumin is one of the turmeric’s active ingredients, which suppresses blood vessels needed to form fat tissue. Turmeric is linked with lowering body fat and body weight. Curcumin, in interaction with several key signal transduction pathways in the body, can cause improvements in hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia and other inflammatory symptoms related to obesity and metabolic disorders. Curcumin is linked with prevention of obesity associated chronic disease.   


According to research, ginger may possess thermogenic properties, which have an appetite-suppressant effect and help enhance metabolism, all of which suggests a likely role of ginger in weight management. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and may help soothe and relax intestinal tract.   


Cardamom has nice flavor. It is another thermogenic herb that helps enhance metabolism and body’s ability to burn fat. Cardamom is also used in Ayurveda, which is holistic system of medicine from India.                                              


Cumin is good for digestion and energy production. It may enhance glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. It is linked with enhancing memory and anti-stress benefits. It has a long history of medicinal use.     

Acai Berry

According to study, dried powder of acai berry or juice from acai berry can enhance ability to lose weight. They hinder fat build-up in the body and are loaded with antioxidant properties.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is rich in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A. This leaf helps burn fat and purify blood.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds provides feeling of fullness and prevent overeating, both of which help lose weight.

Losing weight facilitates losing belly fat as well. Herbs are very good options to go for, in losing weight. They are very good for those who are enthusiastic in losing belly fat but cannot manage to have to time to exercise.

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