There are specific vitamins, minerals, and all-natural supplements that can help you lose weight. Many times it’s not about running a surplus of a particular vitamin, but rather making sure you don’t have a deficiency that’s holding you back. It’s a good idea to visit with a holistic doctor that can do blood work to find out what you’re lacking so you can fill in your specific nutritional gaps.
African Mango – Also known as Irvingia, this is not the typical mango that you can buy in your local supermarket, although it does resemble it quite closely. In fact, what you’re really looking for in terms of weight loss is the extract from this fruit. It’s been lauded as an all natural way for you to lose weight, and Dr. Oz said that it forces the body to start processing foods the way a naturally thin person does.
When selecting which African mango extract to go with, you want to make sure that you go with a brand that is of high quality, and provides the right amount so you can take it daily without worrying if you’re getting enough, or if it’s pure enough.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – This one comes with its share of possible side effects, but the potential benefits seem to outweigh them. Studies have shown promising results in this helping with cardiovascular disease, general inflammation of the body, migraines, dysfunction of the organs, staving off Alzheimer’s, aging concerns, and erectile dysfunction.
Getting your organs and cardiovascular systems to function more properly will be a big boost to your weight loss efforts, and any other side benefits are just icing on the cake. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting out on this to see if there are any contraindications you should be aware of.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This has long been associated with weight loss, and is said to help you feel more full when you drink it, therefore allowing you to eat less, or have fewer cravings. It’s definitely all natural because it’s made from pressed apples. When taken in small amounts there are few side effects linked to it.
If you do end up taking it you don’t have to go overboard. Success was reached in a study in Japan in which the participants who lost the most weight only consumed 30ml of it per day. You definitely don’t need to chug it or drink copious amounts of it to feel fuller and see the benefits.
Beta-Glucan – This is one possible way to increase your fiber intake, and may provide assistance in losing weight. It’s soluble, meaning your body can’t digest it, so it passes through undigested and should provide a similar benefit to eating foods that are high in fiber.
You don’t have to worry about being overloaded with grains like oats and barley, especially if you’re on a diet that doesn’t allow eating them. You can find it in supplement form, and simply take a pill. It also helps with the immune system, and is a relatively inexpensive supplement.
Bitter Orange – This works for weight loss by suppressing the appetite, but is an extract from citrus fruit, so it doesn’t rely on artificial stimulants to get the job done. Recently it has been used as a less harmful substitution for other ingredients that have been known to have harsh reactions in the body.
It’s unclear as to whether this actually works, and there hasn’t been much formal testing in regards to the adverse effects it can have on the body, so it might be one of those all natural supplements to use with caution.
B Vitamins – Here’s the lineup of B Vitamins that you get in a complex: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. You don’t have to go overboard on these, especially if you don’t have a deficiency in any one of them. You can take them singly if it’s discovered that you’re lacking in only a few. There are plenty of ways that these vitamins help the body in all of its processes, and a lack of them will trip up your weight loss efforts.
Vitamin B12 usually gets the most attention, and some dieters even get injections of it in order to help boost energy levels and help with losing weight.
Capsaicin – There’s a bit of debate as to whether this actually helps with weight loss or not, but one thing that it seems to be good for is not gaining the weight back that you do lose. This makes it a good supplement to take while you’re dieting so you don’t experience the classic rebound and gain the weight back that you’ve lost.
This is found in spicy red peppers but you don’t have to eat them in order to get the benefits. They’ve pulled out the extract and have put it in pill form so that it’s more convenient to take – and not spicy!
Chia – Chia seeds made it onto our list of superfoods for their high levels of Omega-3. It provides a non-fish oil way of introducing more omega-3 into the body, and also contains healthy amounts of alpha-Linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that is often added to healthy diets.
Chia seeds are pretty easy to incorporate into your diet, since they don’t have a distinctive flavor and aren’t like a typical seed that you have to crunch up, you can basically sprinkle them on anything you want and enjoy the benefits they bring.
Chitosan – A lot of debate has arisen, and companies have been given warnings by the FDA for claiming that this can help with weight loss, or to what degree it can help. These products refer to Chitosan as a fat binder, with the idea being that they’ll grab fat in move it through the digestive system.
So while you may want to wait for further studies to come out regarding its effectiveness as a fat binder, it’s still been shown to be a soluble fiber, and is all natural, although better options may exist, like beta-glucan.
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