There are a number of herbs for weight loss that can help you safely and effectively lose excess pounds without the need for controversial and often dangerous prescription medications. When used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program, these herbal extracts can give you the extra boost you need to reach your diet goals.
Weight loss herbs come in various forms, including single ingredient and more comprehensive supplements, elixirs and liquid preparations, among others. It's important to research all of the options thoroughly before deciding what's right for you.
Some "dieter's teas" can actually be harmful, so research is important. Dieter's teas containing senna, aloe, buckthorn or other laxatives derived from plants have been known to cause diarrhea, vomiting or chronic constipation when used at high levels. Do not exceed recommended doses of any of these products.
Green tea extract has become one of the most popular herbs for weight loss. Researchers have found that those who took the extract increased their expenditure of energy and burned more fat than those who took a placebo or caffeine alone.
In addition to green tea, there are a number of weight loss herbs that have shown promise, although most have not been the subject of as many clinical trials.
Cascara sagrada is a strong stimulant laxative and should not be used for more than a week as a weight loss herb.
Dandelion is a gentle diuretic, laxative and digestive aid and you can take it in tea form or as a fresh dandelion salad.
Ephedra was found in many weight loss preparations, but was banned a few years ago after researchers found an increase risk of heart attacks with excessive dosages.
Garcinia cambogia is a metabolic stimulant and appetite suppressant and licorice root is one of those herbs for weight loss that satisfies cravings for sweets and helps avoid snacking.
Psyllium is a gentle laxative, as is senna. Although studies are inconclusive, St. John's wort appears to increase seratonin levels in the brain and suppress appetite.
These are the main herbs for weight loss, although you may find research on various others. If you are looking for a supplement, make sure it contains standardized extracts, which are the purest forms. This will ensure that the active ingredient is present in the formula...otherwise, the weight loss herb will likely be ineffective.
Make sure that you consult your physician before starting supplementation. He or she will help you decide which herbal weight loss product is right for you.