spices for weight loss

7 Best Spices for Weight Loss

Adding spices to your meal gives your food a healthy “upgrade” in various ways. You get that extra flavor enhancement, which only natural spices can bring. Also, you get various health benefits, as spices contain minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and unique medicinal properties.

Some spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight through weight loss. So, if you are trying to lose a few pounds, consider adding some healthy flavor to your next meal with these Best Spices for Weight Loss.

Spices for Weight Loss:

1. Black Pepper

Black pepper has been reported to increase metabolism and raise the body temperature. Piperine, which is present in dried black pepper may prevent new fat cells from forming, according to Web MD.

Also, black pepper has been shown to help in digestion because when it is consume, a signal is sent to your stomach to produce hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is needed for the digestion of protein, and other foods in the stomach. When not enough hydrochloric acid is produced by the stomach, the results can range from indigestion, gas to diarrhea.

Black pepper also has been reported to contain anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

2. Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, which is the compound that gives peppers their heat, may help in fighting obesity by shrinking fat tissue, decreasing calorie intake, lowering blood fat levels, and fighting fat build-up by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body (J Proteome Res. 2010 Jun).

This may be because of capsaicin’s heat potential, as it is a thermogenic substance which may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body. Thermogenesis, is where your body burns fuel, such as fat to create heat, with beneficial impacts on fat storage and metabolism.

Research suggested that eating thermogenic ingredients may help in boosting your metabolism by up to 5%, and increasing fat burning by at least 16%.3 It may even help counteract the decrease in metabolic rate that often occurs during weight loss.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon have powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are proven to alter body composition and improve insulin sensitivity.

An animal study, which was published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, showed that the addition of dietary cinnamon helped in reducing the accumulation of belly fat. Also, a series of studies that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported that adding just 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to a starchy meal, may help in fighting insulin spikes and stabilizing blood sugar.

Sprinkle cinnamon in your smoothies and morning oats, for a fewer cravings, smaller waist, and appetite control.

4. Coriander

Coriander is derived from cilantro seeds, and contains a unique blend of oils, specifically, geranyl acetate and linalool, which work like over-the-counter meds to alleviate an overactive gut and relax digestive muscles.

A study that was published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Science reported that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) benefited from taking coriander for 8 weeks, as opposed to placebo.

Ethnic foods that makes use of coriander can aggravate the tummy, but you can still add the spice into salad dressings, marinades, and soups for Zero Belly effects.

5. Garlic

Adding fresh garlic to your meal, not only enhances its taste, but, it also has been known to help the body better metabolize fats and carbohydrates. Studies have even reported garlic to help in preventing the body from creating more fat.

You can add garlic to food fresh, or in powder form.

6. Ginger

Ginger helps in controlling blood sugar, and this means it can help in preventing an increase in your glucose levels after a carb or sugar-rich meal. Also, this spice contains the same thermogenic or fat-burning properties as turmeric and cayenne, according to Barbara Mendez, RPH, MS, and an integrative nutritionist in New York City.

You can grate fresh ginger into baked fish, stir-fries, or into tea or fruit salad.

7. Mustard

The mustard plant belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Mustard seeds have been known to help boost metabolic rate by 25%, which means you will burn calories more efficiently. Also, just 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help you burn that extra 45 calories an hour (Nutrition Almanac, John Kirschmann, 2006).

1 J Proteome Res. 2010 Jun 4;9(6):2977-87.
2 Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Apr;34(4):659-69. Epub 2010 Feb 9.
3 7 Nutrition Almanac, John Kirschmann, 2006

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Lisa is a researcher in beauty and health products from Australia. She spends most of her time studying health sciences and when she is not working she writes about her findings and experience on various blogs.

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