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The Best 7 Herbal and Nutritional Supplements that Help You Lose Weight

October 25, 2011 By RHP Staff

Use this list when you order online or visit the health food store.

There’s no need to rehash recent pharmaceutical diet drug disasters. Let’s face it; most herbal and nutritional supplements are a lot safer for your system. Your doctor may disagree, but now there are definitive studies on the efficacy of certain herbal and nutritional supplements in weight loss.

ASHWAGANDHA is a plant from the tomato family. It contains withanolides which fight stress by lowering cortisol levels. This hormone is secreted when you are under stress and has been found to stimulate fat production in your belly area. Ashwagandha is classified as an “adaptogen”. These substances fight the physiological effects of stress in your body.

GREEN TEA EXTRACT has a bioflavenoid called EGCG, which triggers your metabolism to burn more calories. In scientific terms, it increases “thermogenesis”. You can sip your fat away if you drink enough green tea or go easy on your kidneys and purchase a caffeine free extract.
Try to introduce more fiber into your diet. Eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. If you want to take a supplement, try PSYLLIUM seed and/or husk. It reduces hunger pangs and helps you to cut down on how much you eat. When mixed with water it forms a soft gel and becomes an excellent bulking agent and detoxifier for your lower intestinal tract. Caution: you need to drink a lot of water when you use Psyllium, otherwise you’ll become “stopped up”.

MILK THISTLE EXTRACT. The active ingredient in this plant is called Silymarin and it prevents toxins from damaging your liver. Your liver is your blood filter and it can’t afford to get bogged down with a toxic overload. Remember, fat cells are your body’s toxic waste dumps. When they shrink during dieting they release toxins back into your bloodstream, and your liver has extra work to do. Silymarin comes to the rescue and supplies the liver with antioxidants which protect liver cells.

N-ACETYL CYSTEINE is an amino acid supplement which been shown to boost immune response. It is also a powerful liver detoxifier. NAC is taken with at least three times as much vitamin C.

PROBIOTICS will keep your intestinal flora blooming and your digestive system healthy while you are dieting and detoxing.

B VITAMINS. Stress hormones like cortisol hijack B vitamins from our body and use them to boost stress responses.

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