Everybody wants to get rid of extra weight, especially in summer, but the modern way of life makes more and more overweight people. The extended consumption of junk food, sedentary lifestyle and the lack of exercise are the main factors of this phenomenon. Reducing the amount of food that you eat and adopting a more athletic lifestyle is the key of the weight loss (not industrial drugs or strange “innovative” diets). Although, there are some herbs and spices, that can boost your metabolism and your fat-burning mechanisms in combination with a healthier lifestyle.
A study published in 2009 found that the smell of peppermint can help to decrease appetite. In the study, participants who spent a week smelling peppermint before they ate generally consumed 1,800 fewer calories throughout the week than the control group. The chemical substance that gives mint its special smell is menthol. Pennyroyal (Fliskouni Mint) is the kind of mint with the highest levels of menthol.
It is one of the most famous herbs for the treatment of obesity. Its regular use helps to increase the rate of metabolism in the regulation of appetite and urination – so it is a good choice for those suffering from fluid retention.
Coriander is also rich in dietary fiber. 100 g of seeds provide 41.9 g of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert insoluble fiber, which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipation condition.
Moreover, the seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood, while iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation.
If you are a fan of curry, you are probably also a fan of turmeric, as this is the yellow-orange spice that makes the foundation of many curry dishes. Curcumin, one of turmeric’s most thoroughly studied active ingredients, reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it and therefore may contribute to lower body fat and body weight gain.
This spice may help to boost your metabolism, and it also has impressive benefits for blood sugar regulation, making it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Cinnamon has been found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, as well as increase glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar.
NOTE: Cinnamon will not necessarily cause your body to release stored fat or increase metabolism. What it does, however, is normalize the burning and digestion of fat.
Cardamom, an aromatic spice with a spicy-sweet flavor, is another thermogenic spice that helps boost your metabolism and may boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Cardamom is a popular herb used in Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of medicine and natural healing from India.
Additionally, it is also an excellent source of iron and manganese. 100 g of pods contain 13.97 mg or 175% of daily-required levels of iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation and cellular metabolism.