A few years ago Hoodia hit the scene as a popular weight loss supplement. It’s derived from the hoodia gordonii cactus, a so-called “famine food” used by hunters in the Kalahari Desert of Africa to stave off hunger. Hoodia’s ability to suppress appetite, and lower blood sugar has been well documented in clinical trials.
Now, a cousin of Hoodia, this one from India, Caralluma Fimbriata is gaining in popularity by making similar claims, so I thought the Hound should check it out.
Like Hoodia, Caralluma is a succulent plant in the cactus family, and like Hoodia it has been used for centuries in India as an appetite suppressant. In India, Caralluma Fimbriata is cooked as a vegetable, used in preserves like chutneys and pickles, or eaten raw. Here in the states and throughout Europe it is increasingly being found as an ingredient in weight control supplements.
It is believed that Caralluma suppresses the activity of several enzymes that are involved in fat formation and storage, and therefore forces the body to use up and burn stored fat. As an appetite suppressant, it is believed that Caralluma Fimbriata works to inhibit the chemicals that control appetite in the brain. But does it work?
In India the effects of a Caralluma extract on appetite and overeating was studied, using overweight individuals in a double-blind randomized trial. At the end of the study period, blood glucose, lipids, and Body Mass Index were measured, as were total calories consumed, and the effects on appetite control.
The study which was published in 2007 in the Indian Medical Journal Appetite, concluded “Waist size and hunger levels over the observation period showed a significant decline in the experimental group when compared to the placebo group.”
This was the only human study The Hound could turn-up. Though it did follow proper clinical trial protocols, and was published in a respected and peer-reviewed medical journal, I would like to see more research, before I could conclusively agree that Caralluma does what it claims.
I did find another study conducted in rats, that also seemed to indicate that caralluma extract does have appetite suppressant properties – so both of these studies while not conclusive, indicate that Caralluma is promising, and does bear further study.
In India, Caralluma is commonly eaten as food, and the extract has been used in the practice of Traditional Indian, or Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries, with little or no side effects ever reported, so generally it is considered safe.
The first patented extract of Caralluma was produced by a company called Gencor, and that is sold under the name, Slimaluma, which combines caralluma extract with a green tea extract. Caralluma Fimbriata is now available under many names, in various formulas available online and in retail stores check out Amazon for the best deals.
As always I will be looking further for a company that we can trust & recommend that manufactures Caralluma. Until then the only 2 fat loss supplements that I can recommend with a clean conscience are:
Neither one have caralluma extract but they are both proven to work and have a excellent refund policy. You can read my full review of RealDose Formula 1 here, and my review of biotrust Leptiburn here.
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