In the eternal struggle against the scale and the kilos of more there are those who resort to sports, others to the miracle diets (and to go hungry) and there are those who seek solutions in nature. Specifically, and according to a survey conducted by the Research Center on Phytotherapy (INFITO), three out of ten people use medicinal plants to lose weight.

Another study carried out by INFITO and the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA), which had the participation of 6,000 people, has revealed that 50% of those who want to lose weight want to achieve a lower weight than the specialists consider healthy. Therefore, the experts of these societies recommend that the weight loss be progressive and safe for the patient, and be based on a balanced diet accompanied by the practice of exercise and the consumption of medicinal plants advised by pharmaceutical professionals.

Only pharmacies are authorized to dispense medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes

This survey has revealed a fact that worries the specialists and is that a high percentage of the participants (89%) opts for medicinal plants sold in herbalists compared to those that can be purchased at the pharmacy (11%). However, as pointed out by the professor of Pharmacology at the University of Granada and president of INFITO, Concha Navarro, only pharmacies are authorized to sell medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes. And remember that the law says that when these products are indicated to treat or prevent any pathology can only be dispensed in pharmacies. In addition, the pharmacist is prepared to advise which is the most appropriate preparation in each case thanks to his training in phytotherapy.

Green tea, an ally against excess weight

Teresa Ortega, professor of Pharmacology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and vice president of INFITO, explains that in order to correct overweight, caloric intake or fatty deposits can be decreased, increase energy expenditure, and also inhibit lipid absorption or absorption. proliferation and differentiation of adipocytes, and there are medicinal plants that can help us achieve these goals.

Ortega notes that the medicinal plant whose effectiveness in weight control has been proven with a greater number of studies is green tea or Camilina, which is characterized by combining different properties such as increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation, together with a reduction in lipid absorption.

Last year, the magazine Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a study by the University of Oklahoma that showed that consuming green tea in the form of infusion or in capsules during a period of eight weeks significantly decreased both weight and BMI (body mass index) and, in addition, contributed to improve levels of cholesterol.

Other medicinal plants that have been effective in the treatment of overweight are the Mate or the Guarana, with characteristics similar to green tea, Garcinia cambogia, which reduces the accumulation of fats and decreases the appetite; and plants that contain mucilage, substances that cause a satiating effect, such as Plantago, or whose composition includes active ingredients that have the ability to reduce abdominal fat, as in the case of Fucus.

Source: INFITO

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