Potent herbs that promote weight loss

CinnamonAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of the U.S. population is obese—not just overweight—obese!

The percentage of obese small children has doubled in the last three decades and the percentage of adolescents—our hope for the future?–has quadrupled in that same period.

Obesity is the cause and precursor of numerous diseases that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are entirely preventable.

CDC research and evaluation says that obesity costs the U.S. health system billions of dollars annually and that the healthcare cost for an obese person averages out at $1,429 more per year than that of a person of normal weight.

The fuel for the fat epidemic can be found in most aisles of the supermarket, where additive and sugar-added processed foods and drinks are found in abundance, all fast food outlets, and most other restaurants as well.

We could talk about genetically modified foods, nutrient-deficient soil and lack of exercise, but our purpose here is to suggest the addition to your diet of the following potent herbs that promote weight loss.

* CUMIN–cumin assists in improving glycemic control, enhances the memory, and is an anti-stress agent.

* CINNAMON–boosts metabolism and helps regulate blood sugar.

* GINGER–ginger is a warming spice. It aids in relaxing and smoothing the intestinal tract. It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps suppress appetite and boosts metabolism.

* TURMERIC–turmeric contains curcumin, one of the world’s most researched food nutrients. This herb suppresses the blood vessels that are essential to fat formation, thus lowering body fat and weight gain capacity.

* MUSTARD–Yes, mustard is one condiment that is actually a health food. It is a member of the cruciferous  cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprout family. Scientists have found that because mustard can increase the body’s metabolic rate by 25 percent,  just eating  3/5 tsp. of mustard seeds daily will gear up your body to burn 45 additional calories per hour!

* DANDELION–the pesky weed that’s really a superfood! It’s loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and unique therapeutic compounds that slow the digestive system, helping you to feel ‘full’ longer. Dandelion is used in many health food supplements because of its numerous nutritional components.

So, don’t underestimate the value of herbs that have been used for thousands of years. And buy organic if you can, as most supermarket herbs and spices are likely to have intermingling of chemicals.

Sources: Medicaldaily.com, Healthydebates.com

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