5 Herbs that Block Absorption of Fat

Written by: Denice Arthurton

There are many herbs, plants and natural remedies that will help people trying to lose weight. They work in many different ways to this effect. Some will aid in speeding up the metabolism, some will help the body to process carbohydrates more effectively, whilst others work to block fat absorption.

They are not the complete answer and shouldn’t be relied on completely to combat excess weight but will be highly effective weapons to be used in the arsenal alongside eating more healthily and exercising.

Herbs and Natural Remedies Which Block Fat Absorption

1.) Green Tea – this has a plethora of health benefits and has become increasingly popular as a result. It was thought until recently that the use of Green Tea as a weight loss supplement was entirely due to the presence of caffeine. However, recent studies and further tests have indicated that it isn’t the caffeine alone; test subjects drinking Green Tea had better results than those just consuming caffeine. It is now thought that Green Tea contains properties that will block fat absorption into the body.

2.) Turmeric – this spice contains a constituent known as Curcumin which is known to block fat absorption in the body.

3.) Garcinia Fruit – this contains Hydroxycitric Acid (HDA). HDA can act as a fat blocker by preventing fatty acids forming. It is very bitter if taken on its own but is available in powder, tablet and capsule form and is used extensively as an added ingredient in diet snack bars.

4.) Licorice – the jury is still out as to whether or not licorice has the ability to block fat absorption. There is no doubt that licorice will increase metabolic rate so, as it has weight loss benefits anyway, it can do no harm in using it as a weight loss aid.

5.) Oolong Tea – like Pur Erh, this tea is one of those that strictly speaking falls neither into the category of a green or black tea. It has long been accepted by both the Chinese and Japanese that Oolong Tea is highly beneficial as a slimming aid. It contains Polyphenols which work effectively to block fat absorption and aid its excretion from the body. In a recent study at the University of Tokushima in Japan, the results claimed that the consumption of Oolong tea could actually double the amount of fat that the body disposed of without absorbing.

As with all medicines, whether natural or otherwise, side effects can be present. The herbs that block fat absorption are no different. Carefully check dosages recommended as well as any counter-indications that they may have. If any adverse effects materialize after beginning their use then stop immediately and consult your doctor.

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For many years of my life my major passions were all types of sport but particularly gymnastics. After finishing my own competitive career I became a coach, eventually converting an old industrial unit into a training facility to accommodate my 200 gymnasts. It was while coaching that I developed my interest in nutrition and how certain foods and herbs both fuel and heal the body. It was also during this time that I discovered surfing and became somewhat addicted even though I began in the handicapped position of some-one with a severe phobia of water. ...  visit author page.


  1. I have tried Oolong tea myself for over a month now and it certainly does seem to work. I generally have it in the evenings a couple of hours before eating a meal. About the turmeric herb, can you tell me how you are supposed to consume it for maximum benefit? I did find turmeric in powdered from. Will I be good to go, if I drink a spoon of turmeric powder mixed in water? Or perhaps use it as seasoning on my salads?

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