Which Flower is Good for Weight Loss?

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Flowers probably aren’t the first image that comes to mind when thinking of weight loss solutions. However, you might be surprised that there are different types of flowers that can be used to help you on your fitness journey.

What Works?

We’ll get straight to the point and start with lavender. You probably already know about its calming effects, but did you know that these calming effects affect cortisol levels?

Cortisol is a stress hormone which, when chronically elevated, leads to weight gain. By easing cortisol production, lavender may help you lose weight more easily.

Another flower that most of us are familiar with that helps weight loss is chamomile. Again, the way it works is indirectly through mood enhancement. Chamomile is seen as an effective remedy for depressive symptoms, nervousness, insomnia, and indigestion.

Some of these health issues can lead to overeating (emotional eating more specifically) due to feelings of stress.

Taking chamomile before bed or in the morning may help you reduce these symptoms and not overeat as a result. Furthermore, flowers like chamomile help to lower blood sugar levels, which has a knock-on benefit on weight loss.

Let’s explore further.

Flowers in a Weight Loss Diet

Other flowering plants for weight loss include ginger, turmeric, and Asian “Panax” Ginseng. The difference between these and the previous two is that here you’re not ingesting their flowers, but other part of the plant.

Specifically, it’s the roots of Ginseng, turmeric, and ginger that have beneficial properties for weight loss.

Turmeric, for example, contains curcuminoids in its root, one of its key bioactive compounds which lower inflammation in your gut, reduce stress, and boost brain chemicals that regulate mood and appetite. Studies show it even directly contributes to weight loss. [2]

Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory, much like turmeric. Which means it has a knock-on effect on weight loss. This is because inflammation is directly linked to poor blood sugar regulation, insulin resistance, and obesity.

Panax Ginseng is less common in weight loss diets and supplements, but it might be just as effective. A 2017 paper by Zhipeng Li and Geun Eog Ji found that Asian Ginseng helps to reduce overeating by attenuating inflammation in the body that was aggravated by a high-fat diet. [1]

Additional Notes

We wanted to expand a little more on lavender and chamomile. The calming effect of lavender is what helps you sleep better—research is clear that quality sleep is paramount for weight management. [3]

Chamomile can help with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is also rich in antioxidants such as apigenin which can contribute to a reduction in body fat mass. Yarrow helps with digestion issues, headaches, and pain relief.

Green tea, although not technically a flower, has to be mentioned here. It is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It has a lot of caffeine, which helps with weight loss and can help you burn more calories. Drinking green tea a couple of times during the day can help with your metabolic function and have a weight loss effect.

Obviously, flowers alone aren’t enough. You still need to have your healthy habits in check—sleep, exercise (preferably HIIT or strength training), and calorie-controlled diet. Adding supplements containing flowering extracts is also worth considering if you can tolerate them.

References

  1. Li Z, Ji GE. Ginseng and obesity. J Ginseng Res. 2018 Jan;42(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jgr.2016.12.005. Epub 2017 Jan 10. PMID: 29348715; PMCID: PMC5766689.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766689/
  2. Akbari M, Lankarani KB, Tabrizi R, Ghayour-Mobarhan M, Peymani P, Ferns G, Ghaderi A, Asemi Z. The Effects of Curcumin on Weight Loss Among Patients With Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Front Pharmacol. 2019 Jun 12;10:649. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.00649. PMID: 31249528; PMCID: PMC6582779.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6582779/
  3. Chaput JP, Tremblay A. Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity. CMAJ. 2012 Dec 11;184(18):1975-6. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120876. Epub 2012 Sep 17. PMID: 22988148; PMCID: PMC3519150.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3519150/#:~:text=Lack%20of%20sufficient%20sleep%20may,by%20the%20Canadian%20Obesity%20Network.

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