lemon grassBesides packing a punch in Asian dishes, lemongrass has been used for medicinal purposes for decades. Its citrusy flavor makes this perennial plant the perfect condiment for seafood, chicken, soups or even tea. It offers numerous therapeutic and many other health benefits, one of which includes weight loss.

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This post was originally published on October 16, 2014.

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Detoxifies 1

Detoxifies

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Lemongrass has diuretic, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It flushes out toxins from our main detox centers such as liver, kidney, GI tract and bladder. It prevents water and fat retention and reduces inflammation in the body. Cleansing will help you lose weight!

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Prevents anemia 2

Prevents anemia

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People suffering from anemia have low energy levels, which makes it harder to exercise. Since there is not enough oxygen being delivered throughout the body, any kind of exertion becomes a chore. Lemongrass contains high levels of iron, which can help prevent anemia induced by iron deficiency. Iron is crucial in the production of a compound called hemoglobin, which is responsible for the transportation of oxygen throughout our body. When you have a well-oxygenated body, you have more energy to work out both physically and mentally.

 
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Stimulates digestion 3

Stimulates digestion

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A well-functioning digestive system can help you lose weight, too. Lemongrass helps you stay regular and with its anti-microbial properties, it destroys the harmful bacteria and other microbes from our intestines. It also helps the proliferation of good bacteria. If you suffer from nausea, bloating, cramps, constipation or diarrhea, you should definitely add lemongrass to your diet. A healthy digestive system is more likely to fully absorb nourishment from the food, as well as break down the macro and micro nutrients efficiently.

Promotes healthy skin 4

Promotes healthy skin

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The anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of lemongrass, hinders the growth of microbes and bacteria that can affect the radiance of our skin. When there is no microbial and bacterial growth, you minimize your risk of getting skin infections. Its antifungal properties prevent fungus-related skin infections as well. Since it is also an astringent, it reduces the appearance of pores and makes your skin less oily. Overall, it gives you firm and clear skin. 

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Fights high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes 5

Fights high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes

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Lemongrass purifies the pancreas and stimulates its functioning, which then lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics. Since it has high levels of potassium, lemongrass is a diuretic that stabilizes blood pressure. To prevent cholesterol, lemongrass hinders the absorption of cholesterol molecules from our intestine. It also prevents the oxidation of LDL, which prevents atherosclerosis.

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Boosts our immune system 6

Boosts our immune system

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Since it is packed with antioxidants, lemongrass boosts our immune functioning. It has been long used to treat fevers, flu and even eye inflammation. It also works as a pain reliever. Lemongrass contains a compound called citral, which has anti cancerous properties. It stimulates the death of cancer cells, and preserves healthy cells. Although not a cancer healer, it definitely slows down its proliferation.