Three Natural Herbs and Spices Which Aid in Weight Loss

Some of us just want to shift a few pounds to counter the silly season’s splurging, but some of us need to lose a good few more for our health and wellbeing. Weight loss is never easy, and as we get older it becomes increasingly difficult. However, we have natural helpers in the form of common herbs which can, and do, make an incremental difference to our weight and health.

Besides their positive impact on our body, herbs are a fresh and exciting addition to what can often be bland, dull “diet meals.”

Let’s take a look at just three of these smart plants and learn how we can include them in our everyday diet.


"Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high-fat diets." This report from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) shows how curcumin in turmeric prevents weight gain by restricting the growth of and expansion of fat tissue.

While this report was based on experiments conducted in mice, there is more on the subject.

Other sources list curcumin as beneficial for digestion, increasing bile production, a great anti-inflammatory, and a regulator of blood sugar levels – all of which aid in healthy weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper

This spicy addition to your meal can burn up to 100 calories while you eat!


Cayenne pepper raises your body temperature as it hits your system, which, in turn, boosts your metabolism.  However, there is more to it than that. Cayenne pepper also suppresses your appetite and flushes out toxins.


A flavourful addition to your healthy home-cooked meals includes the cumin seed, crushed or powdered.

While assisting with the control of triglycerides and increasing the metabolic rate, one study showed that adding a teaspoon of cumin to your daily diet can increase weight loss up to three times.

As with so many naturally occurring herbs and spices, including these in a healthy, well-balanced diet gives your body the tools that it needs to operate at optimum efficiency.

Do you need to consider weight loss for your health? If you do, but you have been battling with other health issues, please feel free to book an appointment with Dr Sanua who focuses on why before he tells you how.


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