Top Natural Supplements for Weight Loss

Posted by Haripriya Munipalli on Tue, Dec 11, 2012  
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Top weight loss supplements are much in demand and when we search for any such supplements online or in any of the health stores, there are plenty of them available. Most of them claim to have excellent benefits although their side effects and precautionary steps are not always mentioned. Some of them definitely are encouraging while some are found to be causing more harm than benefit. This blog discusses some of the top most weight loss supplements that have proved to be beneficial.

Fucoxanthin - Sea Weed Wakame

The natural source of the antioxidant, Fucoxanthin is the sea weed called Wakame. This sea weed is edible and brownish in color. This seaweed is commonly used in preparing the misco soup. The animal research studies have revealed that Fucoxanthin will affect the abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin is found to be safe in terms of not acting similar to the caffeine as a stimulant.

Green Tea

The research on green tea has revealed that substances that are present in the green tea like Theanine might increase the metabolism and reduce the appetite. Drinking green tea alone might not help in weight loss. It can just support the efforts that are made to lose weight.

White Bean extract

White bean extract is prepared from the plant called Phaseolus vulgaris. This is the naturally available substance that is sold in the form of the supplement. The white bean extract is commercially marketed with the trade name as “starch blocker”. The supporters of this supplement stress on the fact that it helps in breaking the carbohydrates into glucose.

Conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA)

CLA is the natural fatty acid that is available in the beef and in the dairy. Conjugated Linoleic acid is prepared as a supplement for weight loss as it is found to be functionally beneficial in reducing the fat content while supporting muscle growth.


The Asian native plant called Konjac and its root is observed to be the source for the glucomannan substance. Glucomannan absorbs water and gets converted into gel form at the time of digestion. This substance is known to suppress the appetite and increase the fullness in the stomach.


Chitosan is the supplement taken along with the diet and it is prepared using chitin. Chitin is the substance that is available in crustaceans like lobsters, crabs and shrimps. There is very little research done till now to prove that chitosan can be effectively used for weight loss. But, people support the view that it can fight against the fat absorption in the body.

Vitamin D

Some research studies say that vitamin D supplementation might help the people who need it to maintain their health in losing weight.


The human hormone is produced by the placenta at the time of pregnancy and hCG will promote weight loss by decreasing the appetite, decreasing the body fat and elevating the metabolism. The main constituent of the hCG diet is the human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone is administered in injection form and is also found to be available in the supplementary form given along with the diet.


This is an antioxidant that is present in the outer membrane of the red grapes. This substance is known to show its effect on fastening the metabolism and preventing the growth of fat cells.


Capsaicin is the compound that is naturally present in the chilli peppers and is known to enhance the weight loss. The capsaicin compound is found to enhance the metabolism, reduce the fat and appetite. Some research studies have proved that this chemical might help the people who are trying to reduce their weight faster.


This plant is sold in the form of capsule, seed and oil. The Chia plant consists of omega 3-fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber and is available commercially in the name of an aid for weight loss.


Hoodia is an herb that is used as the supplement that can suppress the appetite. But, no clinical trials were done till now on humans regarding this matter. There are several companies available online selling hoodia and warning the customers not to be driven away by the useless hoodia tablets. Fake hoodia is really problematic and it is evaluated that most of the hoodia products that are available in the market are not real.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also used as a natural appetite suppressant. There is a diet called as Apple cider vinegar diet in which the person needs to take 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or tablets of apple cider vinegar prior to every meal. It is not harmful to use vinegar in cooking while apple cider vinegar tablets are found harmful some times.

Coconut Oil

The coconut oil comprises of medium chained triglycerides that enhances the metabolism and stimulates the weight loss.

Bitter Orange

This is scientifically called as Citrus aurantium. Bitter orange is similar to the ephedra and is marketed as the supplement used for weight loss. The people who introduced this product are confident that bitter orange will trigger the process of fat-burning. Bitter orange is useful in enhancing the blood pressure, in elevating the heart rate or resulting in abnormal heart rhythms.

Whey protein

The Sports supplement stores are trying to explain the benefits of the whey protein since many years. Whey protein is used for building the muscle as well as to suppress the appetite. Appetite suppression makes the person to eat less and this protein is an easily digestible one. This protein is known to consist of large amounts of amino acid, cysteine. Building more muscle might help in reducing the weight as well.

Hydroxycitric acid

Hydroxycitrate is the salt form that is derived from the rind of the dried fruit. Hydroxycitrate is used for treating the joint problems and stomach problems. The product is sold in the stores as brindle berry, HCA or brindal berry or Garcinia. HCA is the constituent of several diet products like Citrin, Citrilite, Bio-Max 3000, PhytriMax, and Garcinia Trim-Pulse. The research studies have proved that HCA will reduce the absorption of fat, inhibit the appetite, lower the LDL-cholesterol and enhance the metabolism of fat.

If others have any more such natuaral supplemants please share it with others and add them to the above list.



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