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3 Spices Claim to Help You Lose Weight

3 spices to help you lose weight!During Christmas holidays of 2012, I had the opportunity to watch a couple of Dr. Oz shows of which I learned quite a bit.

Three spices that Dr. Oz claimed help us to lose weight are; fennel seed, cumin and cinnamon. I decided to do some researching of two of the three as I had already discovered the value of cinnamon for weight loss. On the 23 of June 2012, I created a post titled: Can You Really Lose 10 Pounds in a Week With the Cinnamon Diet? …so, will not need to detail cinnamon again, here.

Fennel seeds, I have learned, are healthy for us for more than just weight loss.  They’re considered high in antioxidants (reduce risk of cancer), effective at reducing inflammation such as arthritis and some bowel disorders (though more studies need to be done to confirm this claim), high in fiber, a digestive aid by preventing bloating, bad-breath busters, high in calcium, high in iron… and there have even been reports that chewing fennel seeds can help reduce breathing problems as well as keeping sinuses clear (though more studies need to be conducted to verify this claim).

According to Diet and Nutrition by Rudolph Ballentine, improved digestion helps your body to digest more nutrients from the foods you eat. As your body absorbs the nutrients better, you will feel fuller after eating and will experience fewer food cravings. However, I could find no clinical evidence to support the claim that fennel truly helps digestion and/or weight loss.

I have started at following Dr. Oz’s suggestion of 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds after EACH meal.  Figure it can’t hurt to try, being as fennel seed is all natural!

WARNING: Like cinnamon, I have read that fennel seeds if consumed in too large a dosage can cause harm as they MAY be toxic . Please read the following: government issued warning and talk to your doctor before consuming fennel seed.

It has been said that cumin is a rich source of iron, a digestive aid, boosts the immune system, triggers detoxification enzymes, increases the heat of our body, contains antioxidant properties, reduces blood glucose, reduces cholesterol, and also claiming to be highly beneficial to those suffering with asthma and/or arthritis, and those with kidney diseases.

Cumin is said to be major fat burner, especially in the abdominal area.  With our metabolic rate increased, weight loss will be experienced!  Yeah, belly fat going bye-bye forever!

Have yet to start taking cumin as Dr. Oz suggested… that being; 1 teaspoon cumin 2 to 3 times per week.

Don’t get me wrong here, I do NOT always take Dr. Oz’s suggestions as gospel… no siree I don’t!

Take Dr. Oz’s suggestion to viewers with spider veins.a leg showing spider veins He offered up some details regarding the treatment using injections but failed to bring anyone on camera that have had several of these types of treatments for vanity reasons. Not to worry, I already contacted him through his website suggesting that he update that to suggest viewers NOT try removing spider veins for vanity reasons as they will only move the location. Example: Remove spider veins from your thighs, watch them appear soon afterwards on you calves. As that is what happened to me. However, injection for nasty veins causing problems is BEST served by injections… I agree! I have done this too, but would NEVER suggest removing spider veins simply for vanity reasons. Now my calves are covered where there were few (if any) spider veins before :-(.

Do the research for yourself next time ANYONE suggests a new idea. That way you’ll have more input to make a more intelligent decision for yourself.

Will be back to update this post when required.

Happy dieting!

Sources:
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=fennel%20seed
2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=cumin
3) Lucy Tashman’s take on cinnamon (and other herbs)


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14 comments
Zerina says January 31, 2017

Hi

Can you pls tell me whether fennel seeds can help for menopausal symptoms…like hot flashes?

Thank You
Zerina

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    Trish says January 31, 2017

    Hey Zerina, according to this website: http://www.menopause-wellness.com/fennel-tea.html it is.
    Wow, now we’ve both learned something new. Thank YOU for asking!

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Barb says November 24, 2016

Is 1 tsp per day of Ground Saigon Cinnamon safe?

My ND suggested ground cinnamon from the grocery store. I purchased Kirkland Ground Saigon Cinnamon from Costco.

Thx
Barb

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    Trish says November 25, 2016

    Hi Barb, the 6th paragraph into my post has a warning with a link to the government issued warning. I highly recommend that you review their article before making your decision. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Barbara says November 25, 2016

      Hi Trish,

      I just checked the 6th paragraph in your post but, it’s the government issued warning about Fennel Seeds. Help!! Thx

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Jesse says December 29, 2015

I just started taking cumin last week. Plain yogurt, is what Doctor Oz said mix it into but I found a bit of milk as a shot did the trick for me. Yogurt seemed to taste bad bite after bite. Where as milk went right down with no problems, like one bite.

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    Trish says December 30, 2015

    Thank YOU Jesse for your sharing what works for you. One shot would definitely work for me too. I shall give your idea a try.

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CardioGod.com says September 19, 2014

Interesting post! But could you tell how long should one take any of these 3 spices to see the result in weight loss?

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    Trish says September 20, 2014

    All I can tell you is that I noticed a difference in weight loss after two months. Hope that helps.

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Maria says July 13, 2014

What's the best way to consume these three spices for weight loss?

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    Trish says July 14, 2014

    Hi Maria, I use cinnamon on my breakfast cereal, but PLEASE review the warning I posted above before using cinnamon on a regular basis, I STILL have yet to start taking cumin, however, I'm sure Dr. Oz's website offers a few suggestions for usage, and the fennel seed I eat straight up as a breath freshener :-).

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A. Anwen says May 14, 2014

What amazed us was that they did shed bodyweight, their BMI reduced and their waists became thinner. On top of this, they kept their bodyweight down over at least seven decades. There is not a particular objective, the more fat you cut down, the more your bodyweight drops . – A. Anwen

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    Trish says June 1, 2014

    Eating right really works wonders, doesn't it A. Anwen? Thank YOU for commenting!

    Reply
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