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Can Certain Herbs Burn Fat?

By Andrew Bennett ; Updated August 14, 2017

Anyone can lose fat with natural herbal fat burners. You do not need to be a hardcore bodybuilder or fitness model to use herbs to burn fat. Taking herbal supplements alone will most likely not make you lose weight, which requires caloric restriction and increased physical activity. However, some herbs can accelerate the rate at which you burn fat, and they may help you to achieve your weight loss goals faster than diet and exercise alone. Include these natural fat-burning herbs in your diet and weight loss program to increase your metabolic rate and reach your fitness goals more quickly.

Green Tea

Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to elevate metabolic rate for increased lipolysis, or fat burning. This polyphenol antioxidant occurs naturally in green tea but can be standardized for even better fat-burning results. In his book "Homemade Supplement Secrets," Jeff Anderson recommends taking 300 mg of EGCG at least once per day in the morning. You can take an additional serving later in the day and benefit further from the antioxidant (anti-aging) activity of EGCG.


Guarana is a natural herbal source of caffeine that can make green tea even more effective. For those who can tolerate stimulants, the combination of EGCG and caffeine increases the metabolic rate more than either supplement alone. It is recommended that you take a guarana product containing 100 to 200 mg caffeine along with your green tea extract, once or twice per day. Those with risk factors for heart disease should not take stimulants such as caffeine.

Coleus Forskohlii

Coleus forskohlii is an Ayurvedic herb that contains a potent natural fat-burning substance known as Forslean. According to "Natural Anabolics," Forslean has been shown to decrease body fat percentage in training individuals. Author Jerry Brainum recommends taking 250 mg of coleus forskohlii, standardized to 10 percent of the active ingredient Forslean, once before working out and a second time with a meal later in the day. Coleus forskohlii does not contain any stimulants.


Fucoxanthin is a natural carotenoid from brown seaweed that is related to the family of carotenoids, including beta carotene (vitamin A precursor). This substance has shown promise for boosting fat burning with no stimulant effects, such as those experienced with caffeine, synephrine or yohimbe.

Take a brown seaweed extract with fucoxanthin as a supplement, up to three times per day. It is recommended that you take a 200-mg dose three times a day with food. This natural thermogenic is a great option for those who cannot take caffeine because of risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure.

Griffonia Simplicifolia

Griffonia simplicifolia is an herb that naturally contains high amounts of the amino acid 5-HTP, also known as 5-hydroxytryptophan. Five-HTP is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is said to play a role in regulating feelings of hunger and satiation. Griffonia simplicifolia can help you burn fat by promoting lower daily caloric intake. Fifty to 100 mg can be taken three times per day 20 minutes before a meal to prevent overeating. Start with 50 mg to establish tolerance because some individuals experience nausea with 5-HTP usage.

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