6 Herbal Remedies You May Never Heard To Help You Lose Weight


If you are battling with weight loss, you must have come around many products which claim to help in getting rid of the extra pounds. Most probably you have tried one and it’s only you who can tell whether they work or not. There are herbal remedies which can suppress your appetite, improve the burning of fat and energize you exercises. Weight gain mostly happens due to overeating, sluggish metabolism and lack of exercises,

Here are some of herbal remedies you might not have come across but will actually improve your metabolism and kill the cravings to help you lose weight:

Gymnema Sylvestre

This is a herbal remedy extracted from a wild plant from India and Africa which has been to have the ability to reduce sweetness taste. Gymnema molecules are similar to glucose and works by filling the taste bud receptors on the tongue which makes you feel as if you have consumed sugar meals. In 1983, a landmark study was published in the journal Physiology & Behavior indicating that people who took some Gymnema developed a diminished perception of sweetness and when they were given snack foods ate fewer calories compared with those in the control group. High doses have been associated to low blood sugar and therefore you should use the recommended amounts.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which change how the body uses fat. Instead of storing fat, the body burns it for energy production. In reference to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007, researchers from Australia found out that fish oil and exercises reduced body fat in different ways. However, the combination of the two made incredible results among the participants. According to Julia Ross, director of Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, California, fish oil kills the cravings for some kinds of fat.


L-Glutamine refers to an amino acid which instantly fuels the brain to stop cravings for sugary or starchy foods and drinks when the blood sugar level drops. There is mounting evidence support that l-Glutamine helps in weight loss by altering the conversion and storage of calories in the body. In 1996, researchers at Duke University Medical Center found out that rats which were supplemented with L-Glutamine lost weight.


Guggul is an Ayurdevic remedy used for relieving joint pain, lower cholesterol and helps in weight loss. In a study conducted in 1999, by researchers from the University of Nebraska and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, it was found out that people who consumed 750mg of Guggul daily and engaged in aerobic training three times every week for six months lost an average of 6 pounds compared to their counterparts in the control group who lost an average of up to 1 pound. According to John Douilliard, PhD., director of the LifeSpa School of Ayurveda, Guggul helps the body metabolize fat and boost thyroid function by triggering the production of hormones.

Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms can be harvested in the wild where they grow on fallen logs. They have been in use for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to build and strengthen immunity and overcome fatigue. In reference to some health experts, their ability to deal with fatigue could be the main reason why Reishi mushrooms are used in supplements to help in weight loss. Reishi mushrooms have also been in use in the Chinese medicine to treat hypertension. People who are allergic to mushrooms are advised not to consume Reishi mushrooms. They should not be taken after coffee as they can make a person jittery.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract contains compounds referred to as catechins. These are natural antioxidants which studies have shown that they increase metabolism and help in the burning of fat. In reference to a study published in the American Journal of Clinic Nutrition in 2005, men who consumed 690 grams of green tea extract daily lost more weight (an average5.3 pounds) in three months compared to the control group who shed an average of 2.9 pounds. Other studies have also shown that green tea extract helps women lose weight. Excess consumption of green tea extract can alleviate water retention, diarrhea or constipation


You may have been aware about some of these herbal remedies but ill-informed about the facts behind their functioning. Some have been studied by researchers from reputable Universities across the globe to demonstrate how effective they are to help in weight loss. Since they are derived from plants, they have no known serious side effects if the right dosages are administered. Other than helping in weight loss, these herbal remedies come with other ingredients that are beneficial to your body. Some improves the mood which happens to be a requirement in any successful weight loss plan.

Churchill Otieno
Churchill Otieno, holds a degree in Communications and Public Relations. He is an accomplished independent researcher, experienced, professional writer based in Chicago, IL past Mombasa, Kenya. He is an author and publisher for Consumer Health Digest - Joint Pain Center category since 2013. He has an additional credentials in health and lifestyle fitness. He has been writing articles on health for more than two years with interest on bone, joint health, arthritis, osteoarthritis etc. He is also a contributor to healthcentral.com and many other popular websites. His mission is to educate, empower and advocate people whose lives have changed due to arthritis joint pain. He also strive to support the families and caregivers as they learn how to advocate and care for the afflicted person.