1. Black pepper – This common spice is said to boost metabolism. Its peppery taste comes from a component called piperine, and this component apparently stimulates the central nervous system. This stimulation may be what gives pepper its metabolism-boosting properties. Freshly ground pepper works best, as it has the most piperine.
2. Mangosteen – Known variously as vrikshamla, brindell berries and garcinia, mangosteen is a popular spice in India. It suppresses the appetite, and helps stop your body from storing fat.
3. Chili pepper (cayenne) – A study in England showed a significant increase – 25% – in metabolism in volunteers who ate a teaspoon of red or cayenne pepper with each meal. The spicy nature of cayenne is sometimes attributed to its ability to help people lose weight – you eat less if the food is hot, and you also drink more liquid to cool your mouth, making you feel full. But an actual rise in metabolic rate indicates something else at work on the body’s actual calorie-burning process.
4. Ginger – Ginger may boost metabolism. It also aids digestion, and effective digestion is essential to weight loss. It doesn’t take more than a teaspoon of fresh ginger (even less if you use dried) to obtain many of the benefits.
5. Turmeric – This spice gives food a rich, yellow tinge, and it also may reduce the body’s absorption of fat. In studies on mice, the active component of turmeric (curcumin) reduced the growth of fat tissue.
6. Cinnamon – In addition to regulating blood sugar, cinnamon helps the body digest carbohydrates. It boosts the body’s production of insulin, which probably accounts for its helpful role in carbohydrate digestion. Cinnamon also helps lower cholesterol.
7. Mustard – In the cayenne pepper study noted above, the volunteers also ate a teaspoon of mustard with each meal. Mustard, especially whole-grain or Asian varieties, can help burn fat. It contains selenium, which helps regulate blood sugar. Selenium is also considered to be an aid in weight loss.
The good thing about these spices is that they are flavorful. They can add flavor to low-fat, low-calorie foods. And adding spice and heat to foods probably means you’ll eat less of the spicy dish.
We hope that Spices to Lose Body Weight Spice Up Your Life While Losing Pounds helps you and your waistline, especially over the food indulging holiday season!