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For losing weight, diet and exercise are tried and true, but some people want a little boost to help them reach their goals. Those seeking a boost often turn to herbal homemade weight loss remedies. There are dozens of herbs purported to promote weight loss. However, people wanting to use herbs should always talk to their doctor first to ensure the herbs they choose to use are safe for them.

Bee Pollen is said too be beneficial in helping with weight loss, regulating digestion, increasing energy and increasing athletic performance according to PDRhealth. Those who are allergic to bees, pollen, or are pregnant or nursing should avoid this herb. Side effects include vomiting and upset stomach.

Green Tea may be effective in helping to burn fat and increasing metabolism, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Green tea contains polyphenols, more specifically catechins, which are thought to be effective in promoting fat burning. Pregnant and nursing women, and those with kidney disorders, psychological disorders, heart problems and stomach ulcers should avoid this herb. Some green teas contain caffeine and consuming caffeine, specifically in excessive amounts for long periods of time can cause insomnia, dizziness, irritability and heart palpitations. Caffeine overdose can cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches and vomiting. Green tea, and its extract, can interact with adenosine, benzodiazepines, blood thinning medications, antibiotics, beta-blockers, chemotherapy, ephedrine, oral contraceptives, clozapine, lithium, phenylpropanolamine and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Kelp is derived from salt water brown algae. It is purported to be beneficial in promoting weight loss, and treating low thyroid hormone, high blood pressure and arthritis according to PDR health. Pregnant and nursing women, those taking thyroid hormone medications, those with acne and those with desiccated thyroid should avoid kelp. Kelp can also cause thyroid problems due to it containing iodine.

Guggul is commonly found in Ayurvedic medicines to promote weight loss and treat obesity. It is said to help patients lose slightly more weight than the patients not using Ayurvedic remedies, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This herb can cause mild nausea and diarrhea and should be avoided by those who have a history or currently have hormone-sensitive cancers. This herb can interact with blood-thinning medications, estrogens, birth control pills, tamoxifen and thyroid hormone medications.




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