Plants have a lot of uses - food, clothing, ornamentation, medicine - and nowadays, some species have also been known to aid in weight loss. Weight loss herbs are becoming more popular these days that they have been commercialized in the form of diet pills, tea and other supplements. Most diet supplements contain an assortment of these weight loss herbs. But there are people who take them in their natural form. Some of the well-known weight loss herbs are listed below.
Cascara sagrada - Ramnus purshiana
The cascara sagrada (sacred bark) is a known laxative and diuretic. It is a natural stimulant that contains cascarosides which in turn causes an increased muscular contraction in the large intestines. One warning though before using this weight loss herb. The sacred bark is not to be mixed with blood pressure drugs or other diuretics.
Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale
This is another natural diuretic and laxative. The dandelion is known to enhance fat metabolism and flush out cholesterol before it builds up in the blood vessels. It is the considered the safest diuretic but it should still be taken in moderation to avoid addiction.
Licorice root - Glycyrrhia glabra
For those who have the sweet tooth, eating 1-2 sticks of licorice root will help satisfy your sugar cravings. It aids in weight loss by preventing frequent snacking for high-calorie food. However, when used in excess, the licorice root can cause your blood pressure to go up. If you're under heart medications, you are not allowed to use this because it could cause an increased heart rate that could lead to cardiac arrest.
Cayenne - Capsicum annuum
Cayenne has thermogenic properties that increases the body's metabolic rate. It is capable of digesting fat at a faster pace which could then result in weight loss. Since it's a very popular spice, it can be incorporated in your daily dishes. However, excessive intake of this weight loss herb can cause gastrointestinal inflammation.