8 Popular Weight Loss Herbs

1. Bitter Orange ---

Stimulate Metabolic Rate, Which May Increase Calorie Burning

Bitter Orange

While no clinical trails have substantiated the effectiveness of bitter orange as weight loss supplement, it appears to be effective in combination with St. John's wort and caffeine.

Many health professionals recommend 1 to 2 grams of dried bitter orange peel simmered for 10 to 15 minutes in a cup of water. Three cups are usually recommended as a daily dosage. As a tincture, 2 to 3 ml is usually recommended, also to be taken three times a day.
Supplementing with pure bitter orange oil is usually avoided.

2. Cayenne ---

Helps To Soothe The Digestive Tract. Promotes Better Circulation Throughout The Body

Cayenne

A few studies suggest that chemical compounds in cayenne have the ability to increase the body's heat production, whereby increasing the rate of metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Additional research also indicates that cayenne increases production of epinephrine and norepinephrine which together decrease appetite.

For dieters it has been suggested that adding 6-10 g of cayenne to a meal or 28 grams to an entire day's diet reduces hunger after meals and reduces calories consumed during subsequent meals.

3. Coleus ---

Treat Intestinal Spasms

Coleus

Coleus is now grown around the world as an ornamental plant. The root is used for a myriad of medicinal purposes. As recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts, coleus has been used as a medical herb to treat heart and lung diseases, intestinal spasms, insomnia, and convulsions.

Commonly coleus extracts come in standardized dosage of about 15 forskolin. Some medical professionals have recommended taking 50-100 mg of standardized coleus extract two to three times per day but these amounts have not been confirmed by clinical research. Most studies have used injected forskolin; therefore, the amount that should be taken orally to have the same effect is still unknown.

4. Ephedra ---

Gained Its Primary Fame As A Weight Loss Drug

Ephedra

Ephedra has been used medicinally for thousands of years by ancient and modern day societies as a treatment for various lung and breathing conditions. However, recently Ephedra has received a lot of bad press for its recently discovered side effects and products containing ephedra have been banned in the United States.

Ephedra gained its primary fame as a weight loss drug. It is not, however, considered by many healthcare professionals and medical researchers as a safe herb to help people loose weight. In most cases, the doses used for weight loss are far beyond the 150 mg per 24 hours safety limit that has been established.

It is now believed that higher doses cause many amphetamine-like side effects, including dry mouth to more severe problems including heart failure. Currently, Ephedra is banned in the United States.

5. Garcinia Cambogia ---

Regulate Metabolism

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia contains a chemical compound called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is much like a derivative of the same citric acid that can be found in many other citric fruits whose chemical make up is only slightly different. Studies indicate that HCA may assist in weight loss because of its ability to regulate metabolism.

Studies suggest that garcinia cambogia may assist in weight loss for the following reasons :
HCA appears to block the conversion of sugars and starches into fats, that this, HCA is believed to help inhibit fat production.
HCA may suppress appetite by raising levels of certain brain chemicals such as serotonin, a key stimulator of appetite.
To date no serious side effect involving garcinia cambogia fruit extract or the concentrated chemical HCA have been reported.

6. Green Tea ---

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Green Tea

Among its arsenal of medicinal effects, preliminary studies suggest that green tea can lower cholesterol levels and reduce amounts of harmful LDL cholesterol. These same studies suggest that green tea may also increase cardiovascular health by making blood platelets less sticky.

Green Tea contains caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system, and tannins, which combat diarrhea. Taken in moderation, green tea settles the stomach and has mild stimulant effects. However when taken in excess, it can cause insomnia and digestive problems.

Although no conclusive dosage recommendations are available for green tea, most people take about 3 cups (750 ml) per day. However, some research suggests that up to 10 cups per day is needed to receive enough polyphenols to notice a marked increase in health.

7. Guarana ---

Used To Treat Diarrhea, Decrease Fatigue, Reduce Hunger, Help Arthritis

Guarana

Guarana contains a substance similar to caffeine called guaranine. Guaranine stimulates the central nervous system, increases metabolism, and has a mild diuretic effect. It has been suggested that in combination with other herbs, guarana (guaranine) may be effective in helping to promote weight loss. This effect is probably due to an appetite suppressing mechanism, an increase in calorie burning, or both.

Guaranine, a chemical compound found in guaraná, produces many of the same effects as caffeine. Individuals with conditions that may be complicated by high caffeine intake (including insomnia, depression, and pregnancy) should consult with a physician before adding guaraná to their diet.

8. Guggul ---

Increase The Production Of The Thyroid Hormone

Guggul is a resin which is produced by the stem of the commiphora mukul tree, a relatively small, thorny plant native to India.

Guggul

In some studies, guggul reportedly has shown to increase the production of the thyroid hormone. Since this hormone is involved in the cells' breakdown of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, theoretically this herb should promote weight loss. However, more research is needed to substantiate the effects of guggul supplementation on weight loss.

Studies have indicated that guggul can cause side effects in some people, including diarrhea, anorexia, abdominal pain, and skin rash. Modern extracts are more purified and fewer side effects have been reported with long-term use. If you have liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or diarrhea use caution when taking this supplement.