A new study found that some herbs may help you stay on track to lose weight without increasing your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The research found that people who ate a diet rich in herbs that contain vitamin E and potassium were less likely to experience heart problems and had a lower risk of developing diabetes and certain types of cancer.
But even with the health benefits, the research is still far from proving a cause and effect relationship between herbs and weight loss.
“If you have a diet that is not healthy for your body, you are at risk for heart disease, and if you don’t have a healthy diet, you can lose weight and you can still get the disease,” said Amy A. Panksepp, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Herbs, including garlic, oregano, cumin, thyme and oreganol, can be used to help you control your weight.
But some herbs, like sage, are known to be associated with weight loss, too.
A few studies have found that consuming herbs and other herbs together can help people lose weight.
A 2010 study of 7,000 people found that women who consumed more sage had a higher body mass index and lower levels of triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure than women who ate less sage.
But this research was conducted on a sample of women who did not have diabetes.
Another study looked at 1,500 people and found that taking more than 10 grams of sage daily for 12 weeks was associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors, such as elevated blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
A 2011 study found similar results.
But those studies also found that there was no link between herbs or other herbal supplements and weight gain.
The new research, published in the journal Nutrition, looked at the effects of more than 60 herbs on body weight and waist circumference.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, the University at Albany, the Texas Department of Health Services, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the University College London recruited 2,000 men and women from a health maintenance organization in Houston.
They measured the men and the women’s body weights, waist circumference, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and took their blood pressure.
Then they used a technique called a quantitative metabolomics method to measure the levels of different nutrients in their bodies.
They compared the levels with people who were followed for 12 months.
People who were on a high-sugar, low-salt diet had higher levels of the five nutrients in the blood, while those who ate herbs had higher intakes of zinc, vitamin C, magnesium, selenium and vitamin A. The researchers then compared these results with the levels in people who did the same diet without herbs.
The results were similar: People who ate fewer than five grams of herbs per day had a slight increase in blood pressure that was similar to what was seen in people on a low-carbohydrate diet.
The same was true for zinc and vitamin C.
And the levels were similar for selenite, zinc and magnesium.
The researchers found that the higher the herbs in the diet, the lower the blood pressure in men and in women.
But they did not find a link between the herbs and cholesterol, triglycerides or blood pressure levels.
The most significant finding of the study was that the levels for all nutrients were lower in women who were taking herbs than in women on a very low-fat, low sugar diet.
That finding suggests that the herbs may not be helpful in preventing heart disease or diabetes.
“The fact that the nutrients were so similar between women and men suggests that they may be protective against the development of those conditions,” said study co-author Rachel W. Biernbaum, a professor of nutrition and nutrition sciences at UT Austin.