From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Weight Loss:
Natural Cures and Remedies for Weight Loss
By 1980 investigators suspected a link between serotonin and eating disorders. This suspicion was confirmed with the discovery that the Serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine (Prozac) sometimes produced a side effect of weight loss. Later studies showed that Serotonin-enhancing drugs helped overeaters reduce snacking and lose weight; now the SSRis are being increasingly prescribed to suppress appetite in people who want to lose weight.
The main dietary sources of zinc are milk, liver, beans, meat, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. The recommended dietary allowance of zinc is 15 mg. daily. Deficiency can result in weight loss, skin diseases, loss of hair, poor appetite, diarrhoea and frequent infection. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may have a zinc deficinecy. Heavy drinks lose a lot of zinc in their urine.
Garlic (or allicin) antiseptic to Aeromonas, Aspergillus, Bacillus, Candida albicans, Citrobacter, Cryptococcus, Epidermophyton, Escherichia coli, Herpes, Influenza, Klebsiela, Microsporum, Proteus, Providencia, Rhodotorula, Salmonella paratyphi, Salmonella typhi, Shigella dysenterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Torulopsis, Trichomonas spp, Trichophyton, Trichosporum, and Vibrio cholerae (CAN; PNC). LD50 = 60 mg/kg ivn mouse (SHT), 120 mg/kg scu mouse (M11; SHT). Might be a good way to cut back on your grocery bill (except for garlic), if you believe this quote ‘Rats fed up to 2000 mg/kg garlic extract for 6 months showed no weight loss but did show a slightly reduced food intake relative to controls. There were no changes in renal function, hematologic parameters, or selected serologic parameters, and there was no evidence
tabulates allergic contact dermatosis, burning GI sensations, diaphoresis, diarrhea, light-head-edness, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, nausea, spinal epidural hematoma, and vomiting as side effects of garlic (MAM). MAM even tries to attribute a case of spinal hematoma to garlic (in an 87-year-old man ingesting 2 g daily ‘to prevent heart disease). Perhaps they are too eager to accentuate the negative, attributing the problem ‘to garlics ability to inhibit normal platelet function. Still accentuating the negative MAM talk about rats given massive doses (50 mg/day garlic powder) developing degenerative changes in 45 days and severe testicular lesions after 70 days (MAM). The credibility of their uncritical data is questionable; for example, on page 144, they talk about 0.75 mg garlic EO divided in three doses a day causing anorexia, nausea, severe vomiting, diarrhea, marked weight loss, metrorrhagia, and menorrhagia, yet on page 145
Eating according to the Anti-Inflammation Syndrome Diet Plan will likely lead to some weight loss. This is because the diet discourages the use of convenience and fast foods, which contain large amounts of calories and carbohydrates relative to protein, vitamins, minerals, good fats, and fiber. Another reason is that calories from anti-inflammatory omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids are not converted to body fat as readily as calories from omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fats.
Dr. Christian Renna is a family practitioner in Texas who specializes in preventative medicine. He uses 5-HTP extensively to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, and as a weight loss aide. He talks about one of his patients.