Are you looking for natural products to help you lose weight? Have you tried them all but can’t find what’s right for you? Don’t worry, there are some herbs that can help you lose the extra pounds and fight puffiness. The herbs are generally safe natural aids, to complement specific behavioral interventions. Natural products for weight loss can be divided into four main categories: diuretics, stimulants, mucilage-rich herbs and fibers and plants that can speed up the metabolism.
Here are the 5 most effective plants that could help you to lose weight:
The moringa is a plant native to the sub-Himalayan region, used for millennia in traditional Indian and Nepalese medicines. For some years, moringa has also been used in Europe and can be found in face creams, hair lotions, but above all in weight loss supplements. Its leaves can even be consumed directly, perhaps adding them to salads or other recipes.
The moringa contains several vitamins: it provides vitamin A and C, but also calcium and protein. In addition, it helps maintain regular blood sugar levels and fights water retention, eliminating toxins that tend to accumulate in the deeper layers of the epidermis. The fibers of the moringa help to lose excess pounds, being able to limit the appetite and reduce the absorption of fat by the intestine. Furthermore, it has been shown that the moringa seeds contained in the pods of the plant contain high doses of oleic acid, which promotes the elimination of saturated fats, typical of foods that have undergone industrial and junk food processing.
As mentioned above, this plant is able to stimulate the metabolism and improve digestion. Several studies exist to support Moringa’s slimming abilities. According to research conducted in 2014 and performed on some rats under marked obesity conditions, most of the animals would have shown a clear weight loss within just 50 days, thanks to the daily intake of moringa. At the same time, a marked increase in body temperature was highlighted, due to the thermogenic effect of the extract, which can speed up the metabolism. Finally, lowering cholesterol levels is another aspect that should not be underestimated, as obesity and cholesterol are often two sides of the same coin.
Fucus is one of the most widespread natural products for weight loss. It is a seaweed up to two meters high, dark green, with a suction cup base able to adhere to the rocks. It belongs to the Fucaceae family and abounds in mineral salts, vitamin C and carotenes. The excipients are extracted directly from its fronds, in which are concentrated inorganic and protein iodine, vitamins, mineral salts, potassium, carbohydrates, alginic acid, bromo-phenols, carotenoids and ascorbic acid.
Fucus is used primarily as a stimulant of basal metabolism. It is very useful in cases of obesity and, therefore, is widely used in slimming products, as it produces a deep sense of satiety thanks to the formation of a sort of gel inside the stomach. In common preparations the dry extract is used, whose dosage is between 500 and 900 milligrams per day. In addition to its slimming powers, fucus, or brown algae, collects other pharmacological peculiarities, including: gastro-protective and antiulcer functions, anti-diabetics (thanks to its ability to significantly reduce the glycemic index and the level of triglycerides in the blood) , anticoagulant, antiviral, antibacterial (it is very effective against infections with Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia Coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), anti-inflammatory and antioxidant functions.
The Pilosella officinarum is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. It originates from northern Africa and Asia and has been present in Italy for centuries, but only a few years ago it has become known for its slimming qualities, which have made it one of the most popular natural weight loss products ever, both in the pharmacies and on the web.
In our country it grows spontaneously beyond a certain quota. It is easily recognizable, thanks to the orange-yellow petals, with a slight down, from which the name derives. This plant has been used since ancient times as a remedy to purify the body, while in modern times its use has also extended to the aesthetic field, thanks to its ability to reduce the effects of cellulite. In the herbalist field, the pilosella is much appreciated for its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, diuretic and draining properties, which become evident in the marked ability to stimulate the kidneys to eliminate chlorine, sodium, nitrogenous waste and uric acid. But its effectiveness does not end here, being a perfect remedy against constipation and water retention: this makes it a perfect plant variety for those who want to eliminate excess toxins and who intend to follow a detoxifying diet.
The pilosella is rich in antioxidants (it contains large quantities of flavonoids and polyphenols) and, therefore, it is useful in preventing premature aging of the skin. From the dietary point of view, the pilosella performs an intense draining action, promotes diuresis and fights water retention and cellulite.
Juniper is a fairly common plant. It grows mainly in the mountains and in karstic areas, where there is a lack of water. Juniper berries are not only used to produce alcohol or balsams, but also in cosmetics, thanks to its marked beneficial properties. Its berries, for example, if chewed, can improve digestion.
Furthermore, juniper has antiseptic properties, which make it a natural disinfectant for the urinary and airways. But the best known property of this plant is undoubtedly its ability to stimulate diuresis, which allows to expel toxins from the organism, facilitating the drainage of liquids. Thanks to this action, juniper is very useful in fighting cellulite and water retention and in improving the appearance of thighs and buttocks. In herbal medicine and pharmacy, juniper is available in the form of dried berries, supplements, oils and creams. With dried berries it is possible to make herbal teas, decoctions and draining infusions, always respecting the quantities recommended by the doctor or pharmacist.
The last plant on our list of the 5 most effective slimming plants is certainly the ginseng, used for centuries in Asia and the American continent. Its main beneficial properties include its marked slimming function and its ability to reduce bad cholesterol and blood sugar. Furthermore, it is able to stimulate the immune system and improve memory.
When combined with constant exercise and a balanced diet, ginseng can be an excellent weight loss ally. This officinal herb, in fact, supports weight loss thanks to two different actions: it is able to accelerate the metabolism (and therefore helps the body burn excess calories) and allows the body to replace the fat mass with the lean one, thanks to its excellent energizing action, evident especially during strength and endurance training. Ginseng is able to restore the right energy even in the presence of long-calorie diets, without forcing those who take it to consume more calories.