Raw or pickled, chile peppers help boost your metabolism.By Joy Johnston, for Sharecare
Looking for an inexpensive supplement to help you lose weight? According to Dr. Oz, it may be time to try white bean extract. Like the popular new belly fat-burning supplement raspberry ketones, white bean extract works by boosting your metabolism, so you burn more calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you'll lose.
If belly fat is your bugaboo, white bean extract may be just the supplement you need. It blocks the absorption of carbs, which helps keep belly fat at bay. Dr. Oz recommends taking 500 mg of white bean extract daily before a big meal. You can also add it to a smoothie for a healthy meal replacement. If it agrees with you, increase your intake to 500 mg twice a day. (Diarrhea is the most common side effect.)
White bean extract isn't just for dieters. Studies have shown that it can benefit people with diabetes by helping to keep blood sugar in check, according to the diabetes management website dLife.
L-Arginine, an amino acid, stimulates protein production and helps to build muscles. It can naturally boost growth hormone levels and help jump-start a slow metabolism. Dr. Oz recommends taking one capsule daily. If you don't want to take pills, reach for some Brazil nuts.
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Like spicy food? Try adding pickled chile peppers to your next meal. For the greatest metabolism-boosting benefit, eat them in the morning. Toss some into an omelet to perk up your energy all day long. These hot and tangy morsels aid weight loss in two ways. First, the vinegar base contains acids that help prevent fat storage. Second, peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that makes them hot and also helps your body burn more calories.
Not a fan of the pickled variety? No problem. Dr. Oz also recommends adding raw red chile peppers to your soups and salads.
Joy Johnston is a senior web producer at Sharecare.
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