Natural weight loss products that do work (and aren’t dangerous!)
Coleus forskohlii: I've used this herb related to the common colorful coleus plant that adorns many yards successful. The roots of this plant contains a powerful chemical called forskolin. This chemical, known as a diterpene, works to produce a substance in the body known as cyclic AMP, or cAMP. cAMP is what's known in medical physiology as a "second messenger"; it actually stimulates the breakdown of fat in the body a well effect that's been demonstrated of this remarkable herb is that it lowers appetite, which C. forskohlii both reduced fat and reduced the food intake (presumably by lowering appetite)as well as loss of body fat in obese men.
Garcinia cambogia: Another herb that enhances weight loss, the fruit is used in cooking. Its rind contains a novel ingredient, hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA not only inhibits the production of fat in the body organs, but it has the added benefit of inhibiting the production of cholesterol. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme, ATP-dependent citrate lyase, leading to a halt in the breakdown of citrate in the body and thus a lowering of something called acetyl-CoA, necessary in the production of fats and cholesterol in the body. In addition to lessening fat, this biochemical process seems to have the effect of lessening hunger and increasing fullness (also called satiety). In over eight weeks with a 2,000 calorie diet, and a 30 minute-per-day, five day-per-week exercise program, body weight and BMI (in the HCA treated) decreased by more than 5% a significant response. Food intake, total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and serum leptin levels were also much lower. In addition, protective lipid HDL cholesterol significantly increase as were the amount of fat metabolites in the urine indicating a breakdown of fats in the body and serotonin levels significantly increased in the body. This boost in serotonin, given HCA, is thought to be responsible for the apparent appetite-suppressing effects seen of HCA administration for weight loss. This is important, as it provides 2 separate reason to consider HCA-containing G. cambogia as a weight loss enhancing agent.
Green tea: Here's an herb shown to aid in weight loss that you might have already consumed today! Green tea comes from the unfermented, dried leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. It contains caffeine and chemicals called polyphenols, of which the largest group is called catechins (including EGCG, a catechin with far-ranging properties including antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory activity). A number of effects have been attributed to green tea extracts in the laboratory, but for weight loss it appears to boost the sympathetic nervous system, leading to an increasing use of energy by the body. In order to supply this energy, body fat is oxidized, or burned up. Thus, green tea extract literally seems to burn up fat in the body, demonstrated a decrease in food intake of up to 60%, with marked and rapid weight loss. also shown green tea extract to increase the burning up of energy, thus paving the way for loss of weight (specifically fat). And the safety profile of green tea extracts is generally very safe, although an occasional report of liver toxicity appears in the literature.
Chromium: This final natural substance I wanted to mention for weight loss isn't an herb at all; it's an essential mineral, given in a form that enhances its absorption into the body.
Chromium is part of an important metabolic factor in the body called Glucose Tolerance Factor. As such, it has an important role in glucose, lipids and amino acid metabolism, by enhancing the activity of insulin in the body. It's been shown to help lose fat and overall body weight, while at the same time preserving lean body mass. This is particularly Key,since maintaining body composition is the healthiest road to weight loss and ideal weight maintenance. chromium picolinate not only promoted weight loss, but the lost weight was 98% fat mass and only 2% lean body mass! Indeed, over can attest to the positive effects of chromium and a derivative of the amino acid tryptophan, called picolinic acid. The resulting combination, chromium picolinate, makes the chromium more bioavailable than other forms of chromium, and thus enhances its effectiveness.