Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ayurvedic herbs for weight loss

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on  Feb 3 2011 11:00AM
You've done the diets, the gyms and even the swims. But all you've managed to lose is a couple of kilos. Fret not. Here are some Ayurvedic herbs that may help you:

Guggul (Commiphora mukul): Also known as gugglu, this popular herb for weight-control is believed to break down low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Some studies have shown that after taking it for a duration of one to three months, the blood cholesterol levels may drop by 14-27 per cent while triglyceride levels may fall by 22-30 per cent.

Vrikshamla (Garcinia cambogia): Studies suggest that Garcinia helps in controlling obesity by slowing down the mechanism of fat production within body cells. Hydroxy-citric-acid which is an active ingredient in Garcinia, helps promote synthesis of glycogen from blood sugar, thereby suppressing appetite.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): While the glycyrrhizin-rich sweet licorice root can keep those cravings for candies and treats at bay, experts believe that it can also help reduce body fat. Supplementation with at least 300 mg of licorice flavonoid oil daily can considerably reduce LDL levels, prevent amelioration of obesity and obesity-induced metabolic syndrome, when combined with calorie restriction and moderate exercise.

Triphala (Emblica officinalis): Composed in equal parts of Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki, triphala has been used to treat obesity, as it regularises the functioning of the digestive system. Use of triphala is said to be beneficial for the liver, as it helps in secretion of bile juices, that are necessary for burning fats. At the same time, it helps reduce water-retention and thereby induces weight loss.

Supplement these herbs with balanced diet and moderate exercise and you will lose those extra pounds.

Caution: Check with your doctor before you use an Ayurvedic remedy.

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