Fat Burning Herbs

Fat Burning Herbs List

Aloe is a genus containing about four hundred species of flowering succulent plants. The most common and well known of these is Aloe vera, or "true aloe".

Aloe is most often used as a topical product for wound healing. Oral forms of aloe are added to herbal weight-loss products due to its strong laxative effects (producing bowel movements). Many aloe weight-loss products are marketed as internal cleansers. Furthermore, processed aloe vera is used for digestive healing.

Cascara or Rhamnus Purshiana is a species of buckthorn native to western North America from southern British Columbia south to central California and inland to western Montana. Cascara is a common ingredient used in weight loss products and is one of the few fat burning herbs approved as an over-the-counter drug by the FDA. It's a strong laxative and has a good cleansing properties.

Dandelion - is a natural diuretic. It may produce significant weight loss by decreasing body water. Dandelions, flowers, roots and leaves, have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine & medicinal teas, most notably for liver detoxification, as a natural diuretic and for inflammation reduction.

Unlike other diuretics, dandelion leaves contain good amounts of potassium, a mineral that is often lost during increased urination. There is also evidence that this property of dandelion leaves may normalize blood sugar.

Ephedra - from the plant Ephedra Sinica, has been used as a herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for 5,000 years for the treatment of asthma and hay fever, as well as for the common cold.

Known in Chinese as Ma Huang, ephedra is a stimulant which constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure and heart rate and thus acts as one of the most effective fat burning herbs.

Ephedrine suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss efforts. Its thermoginic effect combined with an elevated heart rate provide for a good fat burning effect. However, Ephedrine can also be dangerous. It can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, nervousness, tremors, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death.

Ephedrine can also interact with many prescription and over-the-counter medications. In February 2004, the FDA officially banned the sale of ephedrine in any dietary supplement in the U.S. due to the risk of illness or injury.

Glucomannan - is made from the root of Amorphophallus Konjac. Glucomannan contributes to weight loss by delaying the absorption of glucose from the intestines.

Studies have shown glucomannan to be effective in decreasing body weight. This effect is due to the feeling of fullness which may be due to the swelling of the glucomannan in the gut once it has been exposed to liquids.

In addition to its weight loss and fat burning properties, products containing glucomanan are also commonly sold as nutritional supplements for constipation, high cholesterol, acne and type 2 diabetes.

However, esophageal obstruction has been reported in some people taking glucomannan. Thus, Glucomannan and glucomannan-containing products have been banned in several countries due to the high incidence of gastrointestinal obstruction.

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