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10 Best Herbs For Weight Loss That Are Backed By Science

By Needhi Gandhi

Herbal treatment is always known to be the safest branch of medical science and Ayurveda is an ancient medical science stream in India that had been practiced by the ancient sages.

The best benefit of using the herbs is that the users need not worry about any harmful side effect, unlike the other types of medicines. Hence, now, even the doctors often recommend the use of several herbs in the treatment of many ailments, alongside other medications.

Obesity is a serious health issue for lots of people of all ages and it is a tough job to reduce the body weight effectively for some people. When regular exercises and strict diet do not seem to be enough to yield satisfactory results in weight loss, the uses of some herbs have been scientifically tested to be highly effective for this purpose.

The daily consumption of these herbs, which have been mentioned below, can show brilliant effects in regaining the slim figure again.


1. Guggul

This herbal extract is also known by many local names, as it mainly grows in India and widely is used as an Ayurvedic medicine from ancient times. It contains a certain phytosteroid that decreases the cholesterol level, stimulates the thyroid gland and also burns out more calories, resulting in faster weight loss, while keeping the body in a fit condition.


2. Ginseng

This herbal plant is available mainly in the cool regions and the extract of its fleshy roots is used as a herbal medicine for curing high cholesterol, diabetes and stress, all of which are responsible for obesity. Thus, this herbal extract can be taken as a drink by steeping in boiling water for a few minutes. Then, lime juice and a little amount of cinnamon powder can be added to it before drinking.

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3. Yerba Mate

It is a herb that is available mostly in South America and it is sold online in its dried form. It is highly beneficial for reducing the blood sugar level and also makes the body more energetic, as well as suppresses the hunger for making weight loss process faster. It is taken as a drink by soaking in boiling water for a few minutes and drunk simply as a beverage.


4. Green Tea

This herbal hot drink acts as a very effective treatment for burning out the excess body fats and also in speeding up the metabolic rate of the body system. The green tea is prepared by soaking at least 2 spoons of green tea leaves and a little amount of cinnamon in boiling water, as cinnamon also helps in weight loss with its own medicinal effects.

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5. Gurmar Leaves

It is a climber herb available in the Indian subcontinent, whose oval-shaped leaves are highly useful in reducing the absorption of sugar and speeding up the body's metabolic rate. These leaves are now commercially available in the market in powdered form and thus, it is easier to add a teaspoonful of this powder to lukewarm water and drink it with some honey, after waiting for a few minutes.


6. Aloe Vera

It is a hugely popular herb that is used mainly for skin care and hair care of the users. It is also helpful in weight loss, due to its high content of fibers that maintain healthy digestive power. This herb is available in the local market or online in the gel form, a teaspoonful of which is added to a cup of water for drinking straightaway.


7. Dandelion

These bright yellow flowers are known to be very effective for weight loss when these petals are added to a cup of boiling water and strained for drinking after a few minutes' standing time. This fiber-rich food is now also available in a pill form that is sold online in packs. This herb is found to decrease the rate of digestion and thus, the users do not feel hungry even after hours of eating meals.


8. Rosemary

It is a green herb with thin leaves that are as pointed as the needles. The shredded rosemary leaves just need to be soaked in boiled water for a few minutes, then this can be strained for drinking, which will help enhance the metabolic rate in the body. It also improves the digestive power and thus, aids in weight loss.


9. Gotu Kola

This herb is widely used as a beneficial medicine in ancient Indian and Chinese medical sciences. The scientific name of this herb is Centella asiatica and it is used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and mental depression, apart from helping in curing obesity. It is available in any local Ayurvedic store or online, to steep it in normal water for just a few minutes, before drinking it with a teaspoonful of honey.


10. Neem

This herb is typically available all over the Indian subcontinent that has been used by the local people for medicinal purposes from ancient times. The leaves and small branches of this tree are packed, stored and sold online. It is easiest to chew up a few raw neem leaves every morning. But mostly, people prefer to crush the dry neem leaves and add them to a glass of water for drinking it directly.

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Story first published: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 19:00 [IST]
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