Five plants which will help you lose weight

Five plants which will help you lose weight

Modern medicine offers overweight and obese people many effective methods serving to reduce body weight. Among the entire series of methods there are both invasive solutions based on gastric reduction surgery as well as less radical methods using the achievements of pharmacology. Herbal supplements are also worth a mention, which have recently gained the trust of satisfied customers.

Below we present 5 plants, the extracts of which have become the most popular ingredients of homeopathic weight loss pills. The below outline considers plants, which increase the abilities of the body and effectively burn adipose tissue thanks to their content of natural inredients.

Hoodia gordonii

Hoodia gordonii belongs to the Apocynaceae family and sub-Asclepiadoideae. These are usually caulescent, cactus shaped succulents which grow in the desert regions of Africa. Hoodia can grow even up to 1 m and their flowers emit a very strong aroma. This succulent has been used as an ingredient of weight loss supplements for a long time. The weight loss properties of Hoodia gordonii were discovered by accident. It was noticed that native hunters living in the area where the plant grows, ate its stalk which significantly reduced the feeling of hunger. When deciding on the use of supplements containing Hoodia gordonii extract however you must be ver careful as many products only contain Hoodia in the name.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

The name of this plant originates from a medieval pharmacist – St Damian. It grows in South America, Central America,the Carribean as well as the southern regions of North America. The extract from this plant has been used for centuries in the treatment of various ailments including impotency. However true popularity was gained by the plant when it was discovered that Damiana has an incredible influence on the digestive system, as it improves intestinal motility and speeds up the metabolism.

Gymnema sylvestris

This plant originates from Africa where it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Research of products containing the Gymnema sylvestris extract have shown that taking them has an impact on the regulation of blood sugar, therefore it is recommended to people with diagnosed diabetes. Studies have also shown, that products containing the extract of this plant restrict the absorption of sugar and reduce the appetite.


Seaweed is rich in many mineral compounds, amongst which significant attention should be paid to iodine, as a deficiency of this compound can lead to hypothyroidism. Dysfunctions of this organ very often lead to obesity.