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Although people usually resort to dieting, weight loss supplements and other strategies, herbs can be an effective way for getting rid of the excess pounds. When on a weight loss regimen, it is crucial that more calories are burnt than consumed. Regular workout that would shape the body combined with herbs that promote circulation, digestion, increase the body’s metabolic rate and remove excess fat will have far-reaching results. Below is the list of herbs that are known for their fat burning properties.

Green Tea

Green tea has long been valued as a potent antioxidant, bead breath remover, cholesterol reducing agent and cancer preventer. In addition, due to the presence of substances called catechins, green tea is also able to speed up metabolism as confirmed by research. Catechins affect thermogenesis, which is the speed at which calories are burnt and regulate levels of blood sugar, resulting in suppressed appetite. Thus the body is prevented to store fat which normally happens when insulin peaks.


Thanks to the presence of capsaicin, a substance believed to speed up metabolism, cayenne has gained the reputation of a fat burner. In the study which was focused on the effects of cayenne on core body temperature participants that have taken it were found to have lost more weight than those in the control group. Cayenne is also capable of stimulating digestion and the production of saliva. It is a good idea to sprinkle small amount of cayenne on a high-fat meal to promote weight loss.


A recent study has come up with the finding that the daily consumption of 400 mcg of chromium picolinate supplement led to the weight loss of 6 pounds over a period of 3 months. This is attributed to chromium’s ability to help the body in the processing of fat and protein. Some scientific evidence suggests that chromium helps the body to store sugars and later use it as energy, plus it slows down insulin extraction. Insulin can increase the metabolic rate of the body.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are known for their high content of omega 3 fatty acids that in turn make ‘good’ fat in the body, which is used to stabilize the levels of sugar. Thus the person’s appetite is kept at bay and is able to control food cravings. Furthermore the good fat obtained from flax seeds helps the body store the right amount of fat. Omega 3 fatty acids also stimulate the burning of calories.

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