Did you know dandelion tea is packed with slimming phytonutrients? You can find options like Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Tea at health-food stores or online ($10.29 for 2 packs of 16, Amazon) to set yourself up for New Year’s weight loss success. Keep reading to learn about how the tea helps you shed fat fast.
Optimizes liver function.
Flavonoids in dandelion root tea (an earthy, bittersweet herbal brew) work to break up fatty deposits and heal damaged cells in the liver, improving the organ’s ability to process toxins and burn fat for fuel. All told, these effects help dieters who sip dandelion tea lose weight up to 30 percent faster than those who don’t.
Blocks fat storage.
Sipping dandelion root tea can help keep indulgences from going to your waistline as effectively as the weight-loss drug Orlistat, report Korean researchers. Credit goes to the brew’s polyphenols, which block the activity of an enzyme needed to break down fat during digestion, preventing up to 25 percent of fat consumed from being absorbed.
Flushes false fat.
Dandelion root contains diuretic compounds that spur the kidneys to release excess water weight, according to research in The Journal of Complementary Medicine. The payoff: Women who sip the tea can flush up to 5 pounds and 2 belly inches in 48 hours.
This story originally appeared in our sister print magazine, First for Women.