Top 10 Herbs and Spices to Help you Lose Weight…and Stay Healthy
…also they taste super yummy – okay, well, most of them!
We got Health & Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer, and Nutrition Advisor Aristea Alexopoulou to dish out on her top 10 herbs and spices for weight loss.
1. Cayenne Pepper: Capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat, may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body.
2. Ginseng: Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism.
3. Cinnamon: 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.
4. Black Pepper: Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which not only gives it its pungent flavor, but also blocks the formation of new fat cells. When combined with capsaicin and other substances, black pepper was also found to burn as many calories as taking a 20-minute walk.
5. Dandelions: Every part of the dandelion is edible and full of nutrition. And because they help slow your digestion, they can make you feel full longer, helping you maintain a healthy weight. Dandelions have antioxidant properties , contain beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamins and minerals, and are known for being beneficial for normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as cleansing your liver.
6. Mustard: The mustard plant is actually in the cruciferous family of vegetables (along with broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, for instance). Mustard seeds have been shown to boost metabolic rate by 25% , which means you’ll burn calories more efficiently. In fact, just 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help you burn an extra 45 calories an hour
7. Turmeric: Curcumin, one of turmeric’s most 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. Curcumin may also be useful for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders
8. Ginger: Ginger is another warming spice that has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help soothe and relax your intestinal tract. Research also suggests that ginger may have thermogenic properties that help boost your metabolism.
9. Cardamom: Cardamom, an aromatic spice with a spicy-sweet flavor, is another thermogenic herb that helps boost your metabolism and may boost your body’s ability to burn fat.
10. Cumin: Cumin is useful for digestion and energy production, and may improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.
Of course after this, we just had to go to our local market and stock up on all these amazing herbs. Summer is upon us and I’ll take anything that can help kick that fat to the curb. I must admit Dandelions and Ginseng were two things i did not have at home. But by far my favorite (and always in stock) is cinnamon – especially with my coffee. Its a must have. Which herbs or spices are your favorite?
A big thank you to Aristea. Find her here on facebook!