These top and best 8 Natural Weight Loss Supplements can help you manage your weight in a healthy way.
“The liver is your body’s chemical plant for fat metabolism,” says Linda Page, N.D., author of Healthy Healing. Fend off multiple toxins and support liver function by taking 200 milligrams of milk thistle extract every day.
Green Tea Extract
Useful as an antioxidant, green tea also seems to have thermogenic boosters that raise metabolism and aid in burning fat more quickly. A post-meal cup of tea has numerous health benefits, but for weight control, The American Botanical Council Clinical Guide to Herbs recommends two 250 mg capsules of extract taken three times daily with meals.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee found that dieters who consumed dairy products and calcium enjoyed accelerated weight loss. Take 1,000 mg of calcium citrate daily. (Calcium can deplete magnesium, so add 400 mg magnesium citrate for mineral balance and better sleep.)
Any fiber supplement (like Benefiber) absorbs fat from foods and lets you feel fuller, longer. Mark Hyman, M.D., suggests PGX, also known as PolyGlycopleX or konjac root. “This special super fiber is very viscous and soaks up fat, sugar, and water in the gut,” says Hyman, author of Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. “It’s a uniquely powerful, safe way to promote weight loss,” Hyman advises taking two to four capsules before every meal.
Fish oil’s omega-3 fatty acids help change the way the body uses fat: Instead of storing it, the body burns fat as fuel. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Australian researchers found that both fish oil and exercise independently reduced body fat. But a combination of the two—the study subjects walked briskly three times a week for 45 minutes and consumed 1.9 grams of fish oil daily— was even more effective. “Fish oil also seems to stop some kinds of fat cravings,” says Julia Ross, director of Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, Calif. Take 1000 to 2000 mg daily.
Sometimes harvested in the wild, where they grow on fallen logs, reishi mushrooms are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to build strength and immunity and to fight fatigue. That may be why they work as weight loss supplements. The logic: It’s much easier to stick with healthy eating and exercise if you feel strong and energetic. In Chinese medicine, reishi—also known as ganoderma—is used to treat hypertension. Take 10 to 20 drops of reishi liquid extract or 600 mg in capsule form. Avoid reishi if you’re allergic to mushrooms and don’t take it right after drinking coffee—it may make you jittery.
Insulin released as a result of high blood sugar tells the body to store fat. Curb your sugar cravings with 300 mg of Gymnema Sylvestre; this herb binds to taste receptors and reduces sugar’s sweetness.
An Ayurvedic remedy, guggul is used for relieving joint pain, lowering cholesterol, and aiding weight loss. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, people who took 750 mg of guggul each day and did a combination of strength and aerobic training workout three times a week for six weeks lost an average of six pounds; those who exercised but did not take guggul lost only a half to one pound. “Guggul helps the body metabolize fat and improves thyroid function by increasing thyroid hormone levels,” says John Douillard, Ph.D., director of the LifeSpa School of Ayurveda. Take 500 mg, three times a day for three months.