The Top 5 Herbs for Weight Loss

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Herbal Weight Loss If you want to lose weight, you know the only way to ensure healthy progress and lasting success is by changing how you eat and increasing your activity level. However, there are a number of herbs that can help this journey along by speeding up your fat-burning metabolism or stifling cravings. These five herbs can accelerate your body’s natural ability to eliminate body fat safely and effectively.

1. Hoodia gordonii

Hoodia gordonii made serious gains in popularity a few years ago during which time its beneficial properties became more well-known by the general public. Now, the dust has settled a little, but pure Hoodia gordonii is still an effective weight loss aid with serious backing. Used by hunters in desert regions of Africa, the herb helps reduce cravings and allows you to cut calories without feelings of deprivation. Because there are many weight loss products that boast the Hoodia gordonii name, be certain that what you are getting is the real thing.

2. Damiana

Damiana is a wild shrub native to the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America. It has a variety of uses, especially as a weight loss aid. This could be because of its effects on the digestive system, sometimes encouraging loose stools and the subsequent loss of water weight. However, one study showed that when paired with other herbs, damiana helped delay gastric emptying, which provided a sense of fullness for a longer period after eating.[1]

3. Gymnema

Gymnema is a herb native to Africa that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It is said to balance blood sugar levels. It is said to block sugar absorption and stop sugar cravings, a major contributor to some people’s weight problems.

4. Kelp

Kelp is rich in iodine, a substance that can aid in weight loss. A significant iodine deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism—a condition linked to weight gain. In addition to helping with weight loss, kelp helps to regulate thyroid function.

5. Green Coffee Bean

Contrary to what you may think, the weight loss benefits of green coffee bean do not come from caffeine, and it is not a stimulant. A natural compound in green coffee bean, chlorogenic acid, however, is shown to increase fat absorption and stop weight gain. A study of green coffee bean extract showed that those supplementing with green coffee bean lost an average of 17 pounds over a 12 week period.[2]

Where to Find These Herbs

The only real key to weight loss is proper diet and exercise. However, herbs can help supplement an overall healthy lifestyle. Some of these herbs are fairly common; you may even find them at your local grocery store. For others, you may need a specialty health food shop or trusted online retailer. In a best case scenario, you could even find all these herbs in one convenient blend.

Well, things just became best case. For an extra nutritional boost to your weight loss plans, I recommend you try Global Healing Center’s Slimirex®. Slimirex is a powerful blend of all the herbs mentioned here and more. It can fire up your metabolism, help control your appetite, and energize your body in a natural way.

What tips or advice can you offer? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

References (2)
  1. Andersen T, Fogh J. Weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2001 Jun;14(3):243-50.
  2. Vinson JA, Burnham BR, Nagendran MV. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a green coffee bean extract in overweight subjects. Dovepress. 2012 January. vol. 2102:5, pages 21-27.

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  • lina

    Kelp is my favourite one! Even starts like Gwyneth Paltrow eats it to keep a good and healthy shape. I LOVE natural kelp supplement which i buy from It’s a great shop for anyone who cares about his inner and outer being 🙂 x

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  • muanthang

    Is it safe to drink green coffee that i prepare myself at home?…what would be the best way to prepare it?

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  • anon

    This is EXACTLY why I prefer not to rely on “DR” Advice only …… the ‘serious backing’ of some of this information has been debunked about 6 years ago, with evidence suggesting that the info set up was specifically to make MONEY. Hoodia for example….. can ONLY work through mastication because of the very specific kind of digestive enzymes in the mouth. It does NOT reduce cravings. How it worked for the African San Hunters (and some still use it for this reason here where I live in sunny South Africa where Hoodia is indigenous) is that they would keep some twigs and leaves in a bag and chew it along their journey that would last days or weeks. The action of the plant on the body meant that they would sweat less and all hunger pangs would be abated. It was never swallowed, only chewed for hours on end like a gum. In a modern translation, and with science having put it to test, It does NOT have the same effect when being ingested. The best it can do is have a coincidental benefit while being used as ‘part of a calorie controlled diet” Anyway, Hoodie did nothing for the massive massive storage of fat in the San peoples behinds…… and that is just the first entry. People… Science is ONLY your friend if you take a proper scientific approach to all information and not only let the title of Dr give credence to the work. This sort of misinformation and public hysteria is the lead cause of over foraging our natural wild resources and all the bleeding hearts of first world country’s sending disastrous so called ‘aid’ our way to help the starving of Africa are doing more harm than good. WE NEED EDUCATION, AND WE NEED HELP IN THE FORM OF MORAL SUPPORT. We don’t need your mining companies contaminating our scarce water supply and pharmaceutical companies raping our land because you eat too many big macs and believe all sorts of rubbish you read. Anyway, good old replenish-able Ginseng works better for sugar cravings by making you more sensitive to insulin so that your blood sugar can become balanced. Perhaps try cutting out sugar and refined flours and stop using sugar replacements to try trick your brain. learn to taste what things actually taste like without the noise of sugar and salt in the background. the BEST thing you can do to loose weight is be honest with yourself. If you eat too much, you will get fat. If you eat the wrong foods, you will get fat. If you don’t exercise, you will get fat. If you add traditional culinary herbs to all your food, with real sea salt and fresh garlic and onions, instead of soup packets and stock cubes, You will loose weight – guaranteed!

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